National Society of Film Critics name ‘Goodbye to Language’ Year’s Best

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The ever idiosyncratic National Society of Film Critics, the prestigious group known for their avant-garde choices, have named Jean-Luc Godard’s experimental 3D film Goodbye to Language 3D as the year’s best film. In doing so, the group has once again strayed from the sheep mentality of most critics groups by picking something not named Boyhood, Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel (among others). The French New Wave icon’s 39th feature has been described by some as a tone poem and by others as an homage to cinema, language and history. My friend and colleague Hans Morgenstern reviewed the film on his excellent blog Independent Ethos. I highly recommend reading his essay.

That being said, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the year’s critical darling, still ended up doing quite well for itself. It picked up Best Director notices for Richard Linklater, Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette and a runners-up citation for Best Picture. Other winners included J.K. Simmons as Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash, Marion Cotillard as Best Actress for both, Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant, and Timothy Spall as Best Actor for Mr. Turner.

The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Screenplay, Citizenfour was named Best Documentary and Mr. Turner won Best Cinematography.

 

Full List of Winners:

BEST PICTURE
Goodbye to Language — 25 votes
Boyhood — 24
Birdman — 10
Mr. Turner — 10

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater, Boyhood — 36
Jean-Luc Godard, Goodbye to Language — 17
Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner — 12

BEST ACTOR
Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner — 31
Tom Hardy, Locke — 10
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel — 9
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice — 9

BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night — 80
Julianne Moore, Still Alice — 35
Scarlett Johansson, Lucy and Under the Skin — 21

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash — 24
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher — 21
Edward Norton, Birdman — 16

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood — 26
Agata Kulesza, Ida — 18
Rene Russo, Nightcrawler — 9

BEST SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel — 24
Alejandro Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo, Birdman — 15
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice — 15

BEST NONFICTION FILM
Citizenfour — 56
National Gallery — 19
The Overnighters — 17

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner — 33
Darius Khondji, The Immigrant — 27
Fabrice Aragno, Goodbye to Language — 9

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