The National Society of Film Critics awarded “Goodbye to Language” its top honor on Saturday, selecting the film as 2014’s Best Picture.
Iconic French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard directed the 3-D film, which was little seen in the United States — due, in part, to the scarcity of arthouse theaters equipped to show 3-D — and decidedly more experimental than award-season favorites “Birdman” and “Boyhood.” But “Boyhood,”
Richard Linklater‘s coming-of-age drama, was a close runner-up in the NSFC Best Picture competition, losing out by only a single point in the balloting. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Birdman” placed a more distant third.
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Linklater’s critically acclaimed film enjoyed other victories, however; he walked away with the Best Director award and the film’s toplining female star, Patricia Arquette, won Best Supporting Actress.
The Best Actor prize went to Timothy Spall, who starred in
Mike Leigh‘s “Mr. Turner.” Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress category for her roles in “The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night.”
Godard’s “Goodbye to Language” didn’t win in any other categories, but it placed second in Best Director and third in Best Cinematography.
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The National Society of Film Critics was established in 1966, with its co-founders including Pauline Kael, Joe Morgenstern, Richard Schickel and Hollis Alpert. The group is made up of around 60 critics, and its choices are typically more idiosyncratic than the Academy’s. Recent winners have included “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Amour,” “Melancholia,” “Waltz With Bashir” and “There Will Be Blood.”
Only five films in 48 years have won the NSFC’s top award and gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar: “The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Schindler’s List,” “Unforgiven” and “Annie Hall.”
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Here’s the full list of winners and the votes they received:
*1. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard) – 25
2. Boyhood ( Richard Linklater) – 24
3. Birdman (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) – 10
3. Mr. Turner ( Mike Leigh) – 10
*1. Richard Linklater (Boyhood) – 36
2. Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye to Language) – 17
3. Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner) – 12
BEST NON-FICTION FILM
*1. Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) – 56
2. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman) – 19
3. The Overnighters (Jesse Moss) – 17
*1. The Grand Budapest Hotel ( Wes Anderson) – 24
2. Inherent Vice ( Paul Thomas Anderson) – 15
2. Birdman (four co-writers) – 15
*1. Mr. Turner (Dick Pope) – 33
2. The Immigrant (Darius Khondji) – 27
3. Goodbye to Language (Fabrice Aragno) – 9
*1.Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) – 31
2. Tom Hardy (Locke) – 10
3. Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) – 9
3. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – 9
*1. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night; The Immigrant) – 80
2. Julianne Moore (Still Alice) – 35
3. Scarlett Johansson (Lucy; Under the Skin) – 21
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) – 24
2. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) – 21
3. Edward Norton (Birdman) – 16
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*1. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) – 26
2. Agata Kulesza (Ida) – 18
3. Rene Russo (Nightcrawler) – 9 37 Biggest Snubs and Surprises: Golden Globes 2015 (Photos)
SNUB: Perennial Golden Globe favorite Angelina Jolie was left off the list of Best Director nominees for her work on Universal's "Unbroken."
SNUB: HFPA made room for Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo on their list of nominees but failed to include "Foxcatcher" star Channing Tatum.
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SURPRISE: This is Joaquin Phoenix's third straight year with a Golden Globe nod and fifth nomination overall. His role in "Inherent Vice" hasn't received nearly as much buzz as his competitors.
SNUB: Even though she's hosting the show this year, Amy Poehler failed to pick up a Best Actress in Comedy nomination for her work on "Parks and Recreation."
SNUB: As was the case with SAG voters, Kerry Washington and "Scandal" were replaced by Shonda Rhimes' newest TV superstar, Viola Davis on "How to Get Away With Murder."
SNUB: One year after winning a Best Actor in a Comedy Golden Globe, Andy Samberg was shut out completely for his role on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
SNUB: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which won the Golden Globe for best TV comedy last year, failed to pick up any nominations.
SNUB: Oscar Isaac locked up a Globe nom last year for "Inside Llewyn Davis" but came up empty-handed Thursday morning for his performance in "A Most Violent Year." Co-star Jessica Chastain, however, did score a nod afte...
SURPRISE: Jake Gyllenhaal earned his second major nom in as many days with a nod for his role in "Nightcrawler."
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SNUB: "Unbroken" was shut out completely by the HFPA, failing to pick up a single nomination Thursday morning.
SURPRISE: "Jane the Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez landed herself a nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series Comedy. The CW show just premiered in October.
SURPRISE: "Jane the Virgin" also scored a nomination for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, which brings The CW into the awards race.
SNUB: "American Sniper" received zero love from the HFPA. Star Bradley Cooper failed to pick up a nod for Best Actor in a Drama while director Clint Eastwood was also forgotten.
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SURPRISE: Christoph Waltz has cleaned up at the Golden Globes before, winning Best Supporting for "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained." Will his nomination for "Big Eyes" make him 3 for 3?
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SNUB: He's taken home the Golden Globe for his role in "Game of Thrones" before but was left off the list of nominees this year.
SNUB: Heading into the series' home stretch, "Mad Men" was noticeably left off the list of Golden Globe nominees. The AMC series didn't score a single nomination.
SNUB: Monster-hit "The Walking Dead" didn't pick up any nominations on Thursday, despite its ratings success.
SNUB: Jim Parsons was left off the Golden Globes nominees list for the first time since 2012. "The Big Bang Theory" star took home the award in 2011.
SNUB: "The Big Bang Theory" itself also got shut out of any Golden Globe nominations this year.
SURPRISE: British comedy "Pride" landed a Golden Globe nomination on Thursday for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.
SNUB: Louis C.K.'s cable hit "Louie" was left off the nominees for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
SURPRISE: Showtime's freshman drama "The Affair" picked up a nomination for Best Television Series - Drama. Stars Dominic West and Ruth Wilson also earned individual nominations.
SURPRISE: After failing to secure an Emmy nomination earlier this year, Michelle Monaghan picked up a supporting actress nomination for her role on "True Detective."
SNUB: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's" Andre Braugher was snubbed by the Golden Globes, despite picking up an Emmy nomination earlier this year.
SNUB: "Modern Family" was left off of the Best Television Series list for the first time since the ABC sitcom premiered.
SURPRISE: Frances O’Connor scored a nomination for "The Missing." The Starz/BBC One series also landed a nod for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
SNUB: Just one day after receiving a SAG Award nomination, "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany was snubbed by the HFPA.
SURPRISE: 11-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis earned a Golden Globe nomination for "Annie."
SURPRISE: Wes Anderson got a Best Director nod for "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
SNUB: The HBO drama had its series finale in 2014 but went unrecognized by the Golden Globes.
SNUB: Cicely Tyson scored an Emmy nomination for her performance in Lifetime's "The Trip to Bountiful" but failed to pick up a Globe nomination.
SURPRISE: Jeffrey Tambor earned his first Golden Globe nomination of his career, playing a transgender woman in Amazon's "Transparent."
SURPRISE: "Transparent" also picked up a nod for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
SNUB: Once again, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association failed to recognize FX drama "The Americans."
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