'There Will Be Blood' Takes Top Spot in indieWIRE Critics Poll

Opening in selected theaters on December 26th, P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood took 5 top honors in indieWIRE’s annual critics poll, including Best Film. Anderson also won Best Director and Best Screenplay, while Daniel Day-Lewis was handed Best Performance for the film, and Robert Elswit came in number one in the Cinematography category.

Selections from Thailand and Romania joined stateside releases to round out the top five in Best Picture. In second was David Fincher’s Zodiac, followed by The Coen Brothers No Country for Old Men, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Syndromes and a Century, and Christian Mungui’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days. (The latter two saw very limited releases stateside so check your Netflixes and local shops.) Sarah Polley’s Away From Her was singled out for Best First Film, and Charles Ferguson’s Iraq war doc No End in Sight won Best Documentary.

Two reasons why the indieWIRE poll is worth your time: the sheer enormity of it (individual picks and notations from 106 North American film critics who write for alternative outlets and online publications), and because it’s decidedly atypical of the year-end lists you’re going to find in your local McPaper. Top quality indie and foreign releases – with disproportionate marketing dollars and/or press coverage in comparison to usual cineplex fare – get their equal and deserved time. Full results from the poll, including the best (as yet) undistributed films of the year, available here.

Additional year-end roundups, and more There Will Be Blood salivating this weekend.

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Posted by Ted Zee on December 21st 2007 | Home Page | 0 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

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