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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Chris Wisniewski

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Chris Wisniewski

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.

Chris Wisniewski
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Best Film
1 – The Flight of the Red Balloon
2 – Silent Light
3 – Synecdoche, New York
4 – Waltz with Bashir
5 – Paranoid Park
6 – Still Life
7 – The Last Mistress
8 – Before I Forget
9 – Ballast
10 – WALL-E

Best Performance
1 – Juliette Binoche, The Flight of the Red Balloon
2 – Sean Penn, Milk
3 – Asia Argento, The Last Mistress and Boarding Gate
4 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
5 – Fu’ad Ait Aattou, The Last Mistress

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, New York
2 – Dianne Wiest, Synecdoche, New York
3 – Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
4 – Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
5 – Emmanuelle Devos, A Christmas Tale

Best Director
Hou Hsiao-hsien, The Flight of the Red Balloon

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
Standard Operating Procedure

Best Undistributed Film
1 – The Headless Woman
2 – Chouga
3 – Be Like Others

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