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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Patrick Z. McGavin

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.

Patrick Z. McGavin
Stop Smiling

Best Film
1 - A Christmas Tale
2 - Che
3 - Milk
4 - The Flight of the Red Balloon
5 - Silent Light
6 - Wendy and Lucy
7 - La France
8 - Still Life
9 - The Wrestler
10 - In the City of Sylvia

Best Performance
1 - Juliette Binoche, The Flight of the Red Balloon
2 - Sean Penn, Milk
3 - Benicio del Toro, Che
4 - Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long
5 - Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Best Supporting Performance
1 - Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
2 - Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
3 - Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
4 - Josh Brolin, Milk
5 - Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

Best Director
Arnaud Desplechin, A Christmas Tale

Best Screenplay
Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

Best First Feature
Hunger

Best Documentary
Waltz with Bashir

Best Undistributed Film
1 - The Headless Woman
2 - Frontier of Dawn
3 - Four Nights with Anna
4 - Night and Day
5 - Afterschool
6 - Just Anybody (Le premier venu)
7 - Birdsongs
8 - Tout est parfait (Everthing is Fine)
9 - Firaaq
10 - Me and Orson
Note: NOT RANKED

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