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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Sam Adams

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Sam Adams

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.

Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper/Los Angeles Times

Best Film
1 – Savage Grace
2 – Taxi to the Dark Side
3 – Wendy and Lucy
4 – Wall-E
5 – Blindness
6 – The Class
7 – The Edge of Heaven
8 – Encounters at the End of the World
9 – Burn After Reading
10 – Speed Racer

Best Performance
1 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
2 – Julianne Moore, Savage Grace
3 – Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
4 – Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
5 – Rebecca Hall, Vicky Christina Barcelona

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Bill Irwin, Rachel Getting Married
2 – Mos Def, Cadillac Records
3 – Jane Lynch, Role Models
4 – Wally Dalton, Wendy and Lucy
5 – Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Director
Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

Best Screenplay
Joel and Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading

Best First Feature
Momma’s Man

Best Documentary
Taxi to the Dark Side

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Still Walking
2 – The Headless Woman
3 – The Hurt Locker
4 – In a Dream
5 – Phoebe in Wonderland
6 – Revanche
7 – 24 City
8 – Genova
9 – The Toe Tactic
10 – The Burrowers

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