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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Brandon Harris

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Brandon Harris

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.

Brandon Harris
Filmmaker Magazine, Spout, Hammer to Nail

Best Film
1 – Synecdoche, New York
2 – A Christmas Tale
3 – Silent Light
4 – Paranoid Park
5 – Frownland
6 – Rachel Getting Married
7 – The Flight of the Red Balloon
8 – Snow Angels
9 – Wendy and Lucy
10 – Reprise

Best Performance
1 – Asia Argento, Boarding Gate
2 – Sam Rockwell, Snow Angels
3 – Juliette Binoche, The Flight of the Red Balloon
4 – Dore Mann, Frownland
5 – Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Dennis Lavant, Mr. Lonely
2 – Matthew Amalric, A Christmas Tale
3 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
4 – Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
5 – Emily Mortimer, Red Belt

Best Director
Arnaud Desplechin, A Christmas Tale

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Best First Feature
Synecdoche, New York

Best Documentary
My Winnipeg

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Uptight!
2 – Sugar
3 – Hunger
4 – Summer Hours
5 – Afterschool
6 – South Main
7 – Goodbye Solo
8 – Days in Sintra
9 – The New Years Parade
10 – Reversion

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