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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Saul Austerlitz

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Saul Austerlitz

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.

Saul Austerlitz
Freelance, Boston Globe

Best Film
1 – The Edge of Heaven
2 – Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
3 – The Band’s Visit
4 – State Legislature
5 – Happy-Go-Lucky
6 – Pineapple Express
7 – Flight of the Red Balloon
8 – Be Kind Rewind
9 – Chop Shop
10 – Gomorrah

Best Performance
1 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
2 – Sasson Gabai, The Band’s Visit
3 – Alejandro Polanco, Chop Shop
4 – Sean Penn, Milk
5 – Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2 – Micheal J. Smith Sr., Ballast
3 – Danny McBride, Pineapple Express
4 – Ronit Elkabetz, The Band’s Visit
5 – Nurgul Yesilcay, The Edge of Heaven

Best Director
Fatih Akin, The Edge of Heaven

Best Screenplay
Fatih Akin, The Edge of Heaven

Best First Feature
The Exiles

Best Documentary
State Legislature

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