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How 'Goodbye to Language' beat 'Boyhood' at National Society of Film Critics
How 'Goodbye to Language' beat 'Boyhood' at National Society of Film Critics

Nobody was waiting for Godard. The National Society of Film Critics closed down the pundits' phase of awards season this past weekend by giving its best picture prize to Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language," catching many — including some of the group's voters — by surprise. Most had expected Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" to win, as it did with the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the New York Film Critics Circle. And Linklater's acclaimed movie nearly did win, coming one ballot shy in the National Society's first round of voting for best picture. But "Goodbye to Language" ultimately beat "Boyhood"...

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