GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE Named Best Film by NYC Film Critics

Goodbye to Language

Saturday afternoon, the National Society of Film Critics has named Jean-Luc Godard‘s Goodbye to Language the best film of the year, narrowly beating out Richard Linklater‘s acclaimed Boyhood for the top prize.

Linklater won best director for his 12-year saga, and the film’s toplining female star, Patricia Arquette, won Best Supporting Actress.

The best actor went to Timothy Spall for Mike Leigh‘s Mr. Turner, while Marion Cotillard won best actress for her roles in The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night.

The critics also named The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson as best screenplay and chose Citizenfour as best nonfiction film. J.K. Simmons took supporting actor honors for his role as a hard-driving music teacher in Whiplash.

Check out the full list of winners:

Picture: Goodbye to Language (25)
Runners-up: Boyhood (24); Birdman and Mr. Turner (tie, 10)

Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood (36)
Runners-up: Jean-Luc Godard, Goodbye to Language (17); Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner (12)

Actor: Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner (31)
Runners-up: Tom Hardy, Locke (10); Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice (tie, 9)

Actress: Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night (80)
Runners-up: Julianne Moore, Still Alice (35); Scarlett Johansson, Lucy and Under the Skin (21)

Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash (24)
Runners-up: Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher (21); Edward Norton, Birdman (16)

Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood (26)
Runners-up: Agata Kulesza, Ida (18); Rene Russo, Nightcrawler (9)

Screenplay: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel (24)
Runners-up: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, Birdman, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice (tie, 15)

Nonfiction film: Citizenfour (56)
Runners-up: National Gallery (19); The Overnighters (17)

Cinematography: Dick Pope, Mr. Turner (33)
Runners-up: Darius Khondji, The Immigrant (27); Fabrice Aragno, Goodbye to Language (9)

Film Heritage: Ron Magliozzi and Peter Williamson, the Museum of Modern Art; Ron Hutchinson, the Vitaphone Project

What an arbitrary choice: Goodbye to Language beats Boyhood for one point, but Linklater doubles Godard’s amount of votes as best director. Godard hasn’t made a good film in over 20 years, but his trippy 3-D drama apparently finds love from a group who adores him.