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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Andrew Grant

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Andrew Grant

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.

Andrew Grant
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Best Film
1 – Synecdoche, New York
2 – In the City of Sylvia
3 – A Christmas Tale
4 – The Secret of the Grain
5 – Funky Forest: The First Contact
6 – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
7 – Reprise
8 – Paranoid Park
9 – I Served the King of England
10 – Waltz With Bashir

Best Performance
1 – Mickey Rourke, The Wrester
2 – Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York
3 – Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale
4 – Sally Hawkins, Happy Go Lucky
5 – Jean-Claude Van Damme, JCVD

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Hafsia Herzi, The Secret of the Grain
2 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
3 – Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, NY
4 – Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
5 – Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Director
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche,New York

Best First Feature
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Best Documentary
Man on Wire

Best Undistributed Film
1 – You, The Living
2 – Sparrow
3 – Night and Day
4 – Tony Manero
5 – United Red Army
6 – Jesus Christ Savior
7 – I’m Gonna Explode
8 – Guest of Cindy Sherman
9 – Anvil! The Story of Anvil
10 – The Chaser

It seemed like a struggle to find challenging films this year, or even ones that were anything but passive experiences. All of the big December titles have been tremendous disappointments. Where’s this year’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD?

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