'Goodbye to Language' top pick of NYC film critics

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Posted: Jan 03, 2015 5:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Society of Film Critics has chosen the 3-D movie "Goodbye to Language" as the best picture of 2014 in their 49th annual awards meeting in New York City.

Society members gathered at Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Saturday to vote, choosing French director Jean-Luc Godard's 70-minute film collage as their top pick.

Director Richard Linklater won best director for his drama "Boyhood," and Laura Poitras' "Citizenfour" documentary of the government's secret surveillance program exposed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was chosen as best nonfiction film.

British actor Timothy Spall was selected as best actor of 2014 for his portrayal of painter J.M.W. Turner in "Mr. Turner."

The society is made up of 59 members from major publications across the country.