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Saturday January 03, 2015

National Society of Film Critics Goes Godard

Adieu au langage: Jean-Luc Godard

Adieu, NSFC.

Crap. This doesn't mean I have to watch another Godard film, does it?

The National Society of Film Critics (my guys) voted on its best of the year today at “the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center as guests of the Film Society of Lincoln Center
 (fancy!), and, in a squeaker over Richard Linklater's ”Boyhood,“ went with Jean-Luc Godard's ”Adieu au Langage“ as its best pic, 25 to 24. ”Birdman“ and ”Mr. Turner“ tied for third with 10 points apiece. 

I'm a huge fan of the NSFC but not of Godard. The trailer for ”au Langage“ doesn't make me want to rush out to watch it, either. Kinda the opposite. It's like an American parody of a foreign film. 

Last year, NSFC went with ”Inside Llewyn Davis“ as best pic, which I applauded. The year before, ”Amour“ (OK), the year before that, ”Melancholia“ (less OK).

Here's its 2014 picks:

  • BEST PICTURE: Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
  • BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • BEST NON-FICTION FILM: Citizenfour (Laura Poitras)
  • BEST SCREENPLAY: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mr. Turner (Dick Pope)
  • BEST ACTOR: Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
  • BEST ACTRESS: Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

I like that they show the numbers. Would that the Academy did the same. The most points went to Cotillard, with 80, then ”CitizenFour" with 56. After that, no one was even in the 40s.


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Posted at 03:18 PM on Saturday January 03, 2015 in category Movies - Awards  
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