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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Matt Singer

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Matt Singer

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.

Matt Singer
IFC News

Best Film
1 – My Winnipeg
2 – Rachel Getting Married
3 – The Dark Knight
4 – Wendy and Lucy
5 – The Wrestler
6 – Milk
7 – Let the Right One In
8 – Doubt
9 – Dear Zachary
10 – A Christmas Tale

Best Performance
1 – Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
2 – Sean Penn, Milk
3 – Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
4 – Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
5 – Anna Faris, The House Bunny

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
3 – Viola Davis, Doubt
4 – Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
5 – Josh Brolin, Milk

Best Director
Guy Maddin, My Winnipeg

Best Screenplay
Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married

Best First Feature
Quid Pro Quo

Best Documentary
Dear Zachary

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Anvil! The Story of Anvil
2 – Of Time and the City

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