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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Nathan Rabin

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Nathan Rabin

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.

Nathan Rabin
The Onion

Best Film
1 – Rachel Getting Married
2 – The Dark Knight
3 – Synecdoche, New York
4 – Wall-E
5 – Operation Filmmaker
6 – Reprise
7 – Stuck
8 – The Wrestler
9 – Happy-Go-Lucky
10 – Milk

Best Performance
1 – Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
2 – Josh Brolin, W.
3 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
4 – Sean Penn, Milk
5 – Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche New York

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2 – Bill Irwin, Rachel Getting Married
3 – Eddie Marsden, Happy-Go-Lucky
4 – Patricia Clarkson, Married Life
5 – Jane Lynch, Role Models

Best Director
Joachim Trier, Reprise

Best Screenplay
Robert Siegel, The Wrestler

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
Operation Filmmaker

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