So (with no fanfare as it doesn't really work in the written form) my film of 2008 is...
Waltz with Bashir.
If you've not heard of it there is a trailer at the bottom of this post. Using a very rare genre - the animated documentary - this film made a massive impression on me. The official nominees are all great films too. But this one was different, and the title of this blog should tell you that counts a lot for me. It is nominated for 'best animation' and 'best film not in the english language' but I think it stands above those categories.
It shows daring and courage to even get it made and is told with humility. It looks different, eye catching and with a boldness that reflects the ambition. The story telling structure, one man's journey to uncover his past with a series of interviews that is not allowed to film, is a compelling one AND suits the form perfectly.
I recommend it to you all. Check it out if you can. You can preorder a DVD or Blu-ray now.
A close runner up for me was Man on Wire.