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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Chuck Wilson

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Chuck Wilson

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.

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly/Village Voice

Best Film
1 – Hunger
2 – Paranoid Park
3 – WALL-E
4 – Man On Wire
5 – Happy-Go-Lucky
6 – Frost/Nixon
7 – Revolutionary Road
8 – George Romero’s Diary of the Dead
9 – Reprise
10 – Let the Right One In

Best Performance
1 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
2 – Leonardo Di Caprio, Revolutionary Road
3 – Sean Penn, Milk
4 – Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
5 – Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Eddie Marsdan, Happy-Go-Lucky
2 – Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona
3 – Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
4 – Tarra Riggs, Ballast
5 – Rosie Perez, The Take

Best Director
Gus Van Sant

Best Screenplay
Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
My Winnipeg

Best Undistributed Film
1 – The New Twenty
2 – Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go
3 – Alone in Four Walls
4 – Prodigal Sons
5 – Revanche

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