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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Wesley Morris

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Wesley Morris

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.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Best Film
1 – WALL-E
2 – The Edge of Heaven
3 – Gomorrah
4 – Ballast
5 – Be Kind Rewind
6 – The Dark Knight
7 – Milk
8 – The Secret of the Grain
9 – Still Life
10 – The Class

Best Performance
1 – Sean Penn, Milk
2 – Tarra Riggs, Ballast
3 – Naomi Watts, Funny Games
4 – Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon
5 – Sally Hawkins, Happy Go Lucky

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Hiam Abbas, The Visitor
2 – Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
3 – Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
4 – Karina Fernandez, Happy-Go-Lucky
5 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Director
Andrew Stanton, WALL -E

Best Screenplay
Andrew Stanton, WALL-E

Best First Feature

Best Documentary
The Order of Myths

Best Undistributed Film
1 – Secret Sunshine
2 – Woman on the Beach
3 – Useless
4 – Go-Go Tales
5 – 24 City
6 – Tyson

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