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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Rob Nelson

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.

Rob Nelson
Freelance

Best Film
1 - Ballast
2 - Be Kind Rewind
3 - Gran Torino
4 - The Last Mistress
5 - Mary
6 - Rachel Getting Married
7 - Still Life
8 - Trouble the Water
9 - The Unforeseen
10 - W.
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Performance
1 - Micheal J. Smith, Ballast
2 - Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Supporting Performance
1 - Jeffrey Wright, W.
2 - Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Director
Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Synechdoche, New York

Best First Feature
Ballast

Best Documentary
Trouble the Water

Best Undistributed Film
1 - I Could Never Be Your Woman

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