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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Kristi Mitsuda

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Kristi Mitsuda

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.

Kristi Mitsuda
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Best Film
1 – A Christmas Tale
2 – Boarding Gate
3 – The Flight of the Red Balloon
4 – Paranoid Park
5 – Silent Light
6 – Snow Angels
7 – Synecdoche, New York
8 – The Visitor
9 – Wendy and Lucy
10 – Woman on the Beach

Best Performance
1 – Asia Argento, Boarding Gate
2 – Juliette Binoche, The Flight of the Red Balloon
3 – Jess Weixler, Teeth
4 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
5 – Kare Hedebrant, Let the Right One In

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale
2 – Benoit Magimel, A Girl Cut in Two
3 – Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona
4 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
5 – Samantha Morton, Mister Lonely

Best Director
Carlos Reygadas, Silent Light

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Best First Feature
Fear(s) of the Dark

Best Documentary
Man on Wire

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