2014 National Society of Film Critics Awards

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49th NSFC Awards

January 3, 2015

Best Film:
Goodbye to Language

Best Non-fiction Film:

Best Foreign language Film:
Not Awarded

The 49th National Society of Film Critics Awards, given on 3 January 2015, honored the best filmmaking of 2014.

Winners and Runners up[edit]

The Society, made up of many of the United States' most distinguished movie critics, held its 49th annual awards voting meeting, using a weighted ballot system, at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center as guests of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Scrolls were sent to the winners.

Fifty-nine members were eligible to vote, though a few disqualify themselves who haven’t seen every film. Any film that opened in the U.S. during the year 2014 was eligible for consideration. There is no nomination process; members meet, vote (using a weighted ballot), and announce all on January 3rd. There is no awards party; scrolls are sent to the winners.


Winners are listed in boldface along with the runner-up positions and counts from the final round: [1][2]

Best Picture[edit]

1. Goodbye to LanguageJean-Luc Godard (25)[3]
2. BoyhoodRichard Linklater (24)
3. BirdmanAlejandro González Iñárritu (10)
3. Mr. TurnerMike Leigh (10)

Best Director[edit]

1. Richard LinklaterBoyhood (36)
2. Jean-Luc GodardGoodbye to Language (17)
3. Mike LeighMr. Turner (12)

Best Actor[edit]

1. Timothy SpallMr. Turner (31)
2. Tom HardyLocke (10)
3. Joaquin PhoenixInherent Vice (9)
3. Ralph FiennesThe Grand Budapest Hotel (9)

Best Actress[edit]

1. Marion CotillardThe Immigrant and Two Days, One Night (80)
2. Julianne MooreStill Alice (35)
3. Scarlett JohanssonLucy and Under the Skin (21)

Best Supporting Actor[edit]

1. J.K. SimmonsWhiplash (24)
2. Mark RuffaloFoxcatcher (21)
3. Edward NortonBirdman (16)

Best Supporting Actress[edit]

1. Patricia ArquetteBoyhood (26)
2. Agata KuleszaIda (18)
3. Rene RussoNightcrawler (9)

Best Screenplay[edit]

1. Wes AndersonThe Grand Budapest Hotel (24)
2. Paul Thomas AndersonInherent Vice (15)
2. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando BoBirdman (15)

Best Cinematography[edit]

1. Dick PopeMr. Turner (33)
2. Darius KhondjiThe Immigrant (27)
3. Fabrice AragnoGoodbye to Language (9)

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

  • Not Awarded

Best Non-Fiction Film[edit]

1. CitizenfourLaura Poitras (56)
2. National GalleryFrederick Wiseman (19)
3. The OvernightersJesse Moss (17)

Film Heritage Awards[edit]

Film Heritage Awards were presented for the restorations of classical work of artists in field of film and music.

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?"


As per tradition, ceremony was dedicated to the memory of two distinguished members of the Society who died in the previous year; in 2014 the honorees were Jay Carr and Charles Champlin.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "National Society of Film Critics Awards winners and runner-ups". Deadline.com. January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Goodbye to Language wins US critics' best film prize". BBC News. January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Good Bye to Language named Best Picture of year by NSFC". Variety. January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 

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