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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Michelle Orange

By Andy Lauer | Indiewire December 19, 2008 at 10:29AM

This is the latest ballot in indieWIRE's 2008 Critics Poll, continuing the tradition of a national survey of critics by calling attention to the year's best -- and, in many cases, most overlooked -- films, providing a meaningful counterpoint to much of the year-end hoopla. Note that some lists are unranked at the discretion of the critic. For all categories except Best Undistributed Film, eligible feature films had first-run theatrical engagements in the U.S. during 2008. Films without a U.S. distributor, screened anywhere (festival circuit, one-off screenings, etc.), are eligible in the Best Undistributed Film category. The full list of critics poll ballots is available here at indieWIRE and tabulated results are being published by indieWIRE later this month.
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This is the latest ballot in indieWIRE's 2008 Critics Poll, continuing the tradition of a national survey of critics by calling attention to the year's best -- and, in many cases, most overlooked -- films, providing a meaningful counterpoint to much of the year-end hoopla. Note that some lists are unranked at the discretion of the critic. For all categories except Best Undistributed Film, eligible feature films had first-run theatrical engagements in the U.S. during 2008. Films without a U.S. distributor, screened anywhere (festival circuit, one-off screenings, etc.), are eligible in the Best Undistributed Film category. The full list of critics poll ballots is available here at indieWIRE and tabulated results are being published by indieWIRE later this month.

Michelle Orange
Village Voice/IFC News

Best Film
1 - Slumdog Millionaire
2 - Milk
3 - Wendy and Lucy
4 - Waltz With Bashir
5 - Wall-E
6 - Flight of the Red Balloon
7 - Rachel Getting Married
8 - Paranoid Park
9 - The Last Mistress
10 - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Performance
1 - Sean Penn, Milk
2 - Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
3 - Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
4 - Melissa Leo, Frozen River
5 - Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Supporting Performance
1 - Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2 - Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
3 - Emile Hirsch, Milk
4 - Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, New York
5 - Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Director
Gus Van Sant, Milk/Paranoid Park

Best Screenplay
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Best First Feature
Reprise

Best Documentary
Bigger, Stronger, Faster

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