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National Society of Film Critics crowns ‘Goodbye to Language’ Best Film

goodbye-to-languageWell, here’s something a bit different. The National Society of Film Critics have named their Best of 2014 and in at least a few categories, they’ve eschewed some favorites. Particularly, their Best Picture prize went to Jean-Luc Godard‘s 3D experiment Goodbye to Language. It narrowly beat out Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood (by one vote), though Linklater handily took Best Director over Godard. Best Actor was a runaway victory for Timothy Spall (for Mr. Turner), with Tom Hardy for Locke a distant second. Martion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) beat out Julianne Moore (Still Alice) in Best Actress by a wide margin, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) comfortably held off Agata Kulesza (Ida) in Best Supporting Actress. Interestingly, J.K. Simmons barely won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Whiplash, as Mark Ruffalo nearly pulled off an upset for his Foxcatcher performance. You can see all of the categories and vote totals from the NSFC below (and the link to their site is here), but this isn’t exactly something to change your Oscar predictions because of. Still, it shows the strength of certain Academy Award frontrunners, so there’s that. Less than two weeks to go until the nominations!

Here’s the results of the National Society of Film Critics voting for this year:

BEST PICTURE
1. Goodbye to Language 25 (Jean-Luc Godard)
2. Boyhood 24 (Richard Linklater)
3. Birdman 10 (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
3. Mr. Turner 10 (Mike Leigh)

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Richard Linklater 36 (Boyhood)
2. Jean-Luc Godard 17 (Goodbye to Language)
3. Mike Leigh 12 (Mr. Turner)

BEST NON-FICTION FILM
1. Citizenfour 56 (Laura Poitras)
2. National Gallery 19 (Frederick Wiseman)
3. The Overnighters 17 (Jesse Moss)

BEST SCREENPLAY
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 24 (Wes Anderson)
2. Inherent Vice 15 (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. Birdman 15 (four co-writers)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. Mr. Turner 33 (Dick Pope)
2. The Immigrant 27 (Darius Khondji)
3. Goodbye to Language 9 (Fabrice Aragno)

BEST ACTOR
1. Timothy Spall 31 (Mr. Turner)
2. Tom Hardy 10 (Locke)
3. Joaquin Phoenix 9 (Inherent Vice)
3. Ralph Fiennes 9 (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

BEST ACTRESS
1. Marion Cotillard 80 (Two Days, One Night & The Immigrant)
2. Julianne Moore 35 (Still Alice)
3. Scarlett Johansson 21 (Lucy; Under the Skin)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. J.K. Simmons 24 (Whiplash)
2. Mark Ruffalo 21 (Foxcatcher)
3. Edward Norton 16 (Birdman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Patricia Arquette 26 (Boyhood)
2. Agata Kulesza 18 (Ida)
3. Rene Russo 9 (Nightcrawler)

FILM HERITAGE AWARD
1. To Ron Magliozzi, associate curator, and Peter Williamson, film conservation manager, of the Museum of Modern Art, for identifying and assembling the earliest surviving footage of what would have been the feature film to star a black cast, the 1913 “Lime Kiln Field Day” starring Bert Williams.

2. To Ron Hutchinson, co-founder and director of The Vitaphone Project, which since 1991 has collected and restored countless original soundtrack discs for early sound short films and features, including the recent Warner Bros. restoration of William A. Seiter’s 1929 “Why Be Good?”

DEDICATION: The meeting was dedicated to the memory of two distinguished members of the Society who died in 2014: Jay Carr and Charles Champlin.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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