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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Phillip Lopate

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Phillip Lopate

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.

Phillip Lopate
Freelance Writer

Best Film
1 – Happy-Go-Lucky
2 – The Romance of Astree and Celadon
3 – Man On Wire
4 – Waltz With Bashir
5 – Synecdoche New York
6 – My Winnipeg
7 – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
8 – Quantum of Solace
9 – Before I Forget
10 – Wendy and Lucy

Best Performance
1 – Sally Hawkins, Happy Go Lucky
2 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche New York
3 – Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale
4 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
5 – Pierce Brosnan, Married Life

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2 – Mathieu Almaric, Quantum of Solace
3 – Lucy, Wendy and Lucy
4 – Mos Def, Cadillac Records
5 – Beyonce Knowles, Cadillac Records

Best Director
Eric Rohmer, The Romance of Astree and Celadon

Best Screenplay
Ira Sachs and Oren Moverman, Married Life

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
Man on Wire

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Hidden in Plain Sight
2 – 24 City
3 – Tony Manero

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