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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | David Poland

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | David Poland

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.

David Poland
Movie City News

Best Film
1 – A Christmas Tale
2 – Battle For Haditha
3 – Che
4 – Hunger
5 – Man On Wire
6 – Milk
7 – Rachel Getting Married
8 – Slumdog Millionaire
9 – WALL-E
10 – Waltz with Bashir

Best Performance
1 – Benicio del Toro, Che
2 – Sean Penn, Milk
3 – Frank Langella, Forst/Nixon
4 – Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
5 – Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married
2 – Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
3 – Josh Brolin, Milk
4 – Rosario Dawson, Seven Pounds
5 – Eamonn Walker, Cadillac Records

Best Director
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Screenplay
Andrew Stanton, WALL-E

Best First Feature
Frozen River

Best Documentary
Waltz with Bashir

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Disgrace
2 – Fear Me Not
3 – Gururi no koto
4 – Tear This Heart Out
5 – Made In America
6 – The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector

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