National critics pick Godard film as best picture

January 4, 2015 5:07 AM

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National critics pick Godard film as best picture

Loath to rubber-stamp other critics group’s best-picture picks, the National Society of Film Critics let its freak-flag fly yesterday and gave its top award to French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard’s 3-D avant-garde fantasia “Goodbye to Language” (“Adieu au Langage”).

Less outlandish were the group’s best actor picks, which included Timothy Spall for his monumental performance as the pioneering 19th-century English landscape and maritime painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner.” Marion Cotillard, who has already received multiple critics’ groups awards,...

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