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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | David Walsh

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | David Walsh

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 Walsh
World Socialist Web Site

Best Film
1 – Waltz With Bashir
2 – Happy-Go-Lucky
3 – Battle for Haditha
4 – Frozen River
5 – The Other Half
6 – Boy A
7 – Chop Shop
8 – Be Kind Rewind
9 – Wendy and Lucy
10 – It’s a Free World

Best Performance
1 – Melissa Leo, Frozen River
2 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
3 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
4 – Kierston Wareing, It’s a Free World
5 – Elliot Ruiz, Battle for Haditha

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky
2 – Misty Upham, Frozen River
3 – Peter Mullan, Boy A
4 – Isamar Gonzales, Chop Shop
5 – Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder

Best Director
Ari Folman, Waltz With Bashir

Best Screenplay
Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky

Best First Feature
Frozen River

Best Documentary
Taxi to the Dark Side

Best Undistributed Film
1 – This Longing
2 – Good Cats
3 – Sell Out!
4 – El Camino
5 – The Infinite Border
6 – Paper Cannot Wrap Up Ember
7 – Dernier Maquis
8 – Linha de Passes
9 – Mutum
10 – Under the Bombs

Another poor year, by and large, for American films. The global economic collapse, however, will no doubt change things…

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