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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Nick Schager

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Nick Schager

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.

Nick Schager
Slant Magazine, Cinematical

Best Film
1 – Synecdoche, New York
2 – The Flight of the Red Balloon
3 – Boarding Gate
4 – Reprise
5 – The Dark Knight
6 – Dear Zachary: A Letter To a Son About His Father
7 – Chris & Don: A Love Story
8 – Encounters at the End of the World
9 – The Strangers
10 – August Evening

Best Performance
1 – Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
2 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
3 – Asia Argento, Boarding Gate
4 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
5 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2 – Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky
3 – Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, New York
4 – Viola Davis, Doubt
5 – Tilda Swinton, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Director
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Flight of the Red Balloon

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
Dear Zachary: A Letter To a Son About His Father

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Tony Manero
2 – Tokyo Sonata
3 – Night and Day
4 – 24 City
5 – Behave
6 – Munyurangabo
7 – The Sari Soldiers
8 – Summer Hours
9 – Anvil! The Story of Anvil
10 – The Windmill Movie

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