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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Ray Pride

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Ray Pride

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.

Ray Pride
Movie City News/Newcity/Movie City Indie/Filmmaker

Best Film
1 – Reprise
2 – Silent Light
3 – Happy-Go-Lucky
4 – The Dark Knight
5 – Of Time And The City
6 – A Christmas Tale
7 – My Winnipeg
8 – Summer Palace
9 – Edge of Heaven
10 – Still Life

Best Performance
1 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
2 – Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
3 – Melissa Leo, Frozen River
4 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
5 – Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Ann Savage, My Winnipeg
2 – Emmanuelle Devos, A Christmas Tale
3 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
4 – Danny McBride, Pineapple Express
5 – Viola Davis, Doubt

Best Director
Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Screenplay
Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, Reprise

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
Man on Wire

Best Undistributed Film
1 – 24 City
2 – 35 Shots Of Rum
3 – The English Surgeon
4 – Afterschool
5 – Sita Sings The Blues
6 – Anywhere, USA
7 – Voy a Explotar (I’m Going to Explode)
8 – Finally, Lillian And Dan
9 – Prince of Broadway
10 – Goliath

Sea changes in production and distribution are all around us: but I can’t complain about the things I’ve seen this year, in release and at festivals. I missed some larger festivals, and I bet there’s a lot more to admire from 2008 out there, even if it’s only another fistful of sweet grace notes.

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