In honoring the French New Wave icon’s 39th feature, a densely layered 69-minute fantasia on the ongoing evolution of language, history, coupledom and cinema, the Society went decidedly against the grain in a season that has largely favored “Boyhood,” which was feted by the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Although Richard Linklater’s 12-year coming-of-age drama lost the NSFC’s top prize by a single point in the final balloting, it still came away with wins for director and supporting actress Patricia Arquette.
Besides “Boyhood,” the only film to receive more than one award was “Mr. Turner,” Mike Leigh’s portrait of the British painter J.M.W. Turner, which was cited for Timothy Spall’s lead performance and Dick Pope’s cinematography.