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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Brian Miller

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Brian Miller

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.

Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly

Best Film
1 – Wall-E
2 – Let the Right One In
3 – OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
4 – Boy A
5 – Up the Yangtze
6 – Slumdog Millionaire
7 – Trouble the Water
8 – The Wrestler
9 – Pineapple Express
10 – Milk

Best Performance
1 – Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
2 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
3 – Sean Penn, Milk
4 – Kate WInslet, Revolutionary Road
5 – Josh Brolin, W.

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky
2 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
3 – Lena Olin, The Reader
4 – Peter Macdissi, Towelhead
5 – Kathy Bates, Revolutionary Road

Best Director
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Screenplay
Mark O’Rowe, Boy A

Best First Feature
Ben X

Best Documentary
Up the Yangtze

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Sonetaula
2 – Ain’t Scared
3 – Mermaid
4 – A Man’s Job
5 – Sita Sings the Blues
6 – PVC-1
7 – Strangers
8 – Vice
9 – The Red Awn
10 – Encarnacion

At the end of the year, all the big movies are about Nazis or adorable dogs? Couldn’t we have combined those into one?

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