The National Society Of Film Critics has voted Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language best picture of the year 2014.
The group’s 49th annual poll (January 3) at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center in New York also brought joy for best director Richard Linklater for Boyhood, best actor Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner and best actress Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant.
The 59 members voted via a weighted ballot process, without nominations, on any film or performance that opened in the US in 2014. Scrolls are sent to the winners.
Scott Foundas of Variety was elected to succeed David Sterritt as chairman for 2015. Liz Weis remains executive director.
Full list of winners including votes:
*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)
*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)
*1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 24 (Wes Anderson)
2. Inherent Vice 15 (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. Birdman 15 (four co-writers)
*1. Mr. Turner 33 (Dick Pope)
2. The Immigrant 27 (Darius Khondji)
3. Goodbye To Language 9 (Fabrice Aragno)
*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)
*1. Marion Cotillard 80 (Two Days, One Night; The
2. Julianne Moore 35 (Still Alice)
3. Scarlett Johansson 21 (Lucy; Under The Skin)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1. JK 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?
The meeting was dedicated to the memory of two distinguished members of the Society who died in 2014 — Jay Carr and Charles Champlin.