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The National Society of Film Critics selects “Past Lives” as the best film of 2023 – IndieWire

The National Society of Film Critics selects “Past Lives” as the best film of 2023 – IndieWire

The National Society of Film Critics handed out its annual film awards on Saturday, as critics gathered in New York and Los Angeles to vote on the year's best films and best performances.

The 58th annual awards honored a diverse mix of small independent films and major studio projects. Celine Song's debut film “Past Lives” won the top prize, beating out runner-up “Oppenheimer” and “The Zone of Interest” in the heavyweight category to take home the award for best picture.

Andrew Scott won the Best Actor award for his role in the movie All of Us Strangers, while the Best Actress award went to Sandra Holler for her role in the films Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest. In one of the season's most stacked categories, Charles Melton took home the best supporting actor award for “May December,” though Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling and Robert Downey Jr. both took second place.

Even the late Jean-Luc Godard was able to win the Best Experimental Film award posthumously for his final short film Trailer for a Film That Will Never Exist: Phoney Wars.

Barbie, from left: Ryan Gosling, Margot Robbie, 2023. © Warner Boss.  / Courtesy Everett Collection

Read on for the full list of 2024 National Society of Film Critics award winners.

Best picture: “Past life”
Runner-up:
“area of ​​interest”
“Oppenheimer”

better exit: Jonathan Glazer, “Area of ​​Interest”
Runner-up:
Todd Haynes, “May December”
Christopher Nolan “Oppenheimer”

Best Non-English Language Film: “Fallen leaves”
Runner-up:
“area of ​​interest”
“Anatomy of a Fall”

Best Feature Film: “Interesting menus – Les Troisgros”
Runner-up:
“20 days in Mariupol”
“Kokomo City”

best actor: Andrew Scott, “We Are All Strangers”
Runner-up:
Jeffrey Wright, “The American Novel”
Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer”

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Best Actress: Sandra Holler, “Anatomy of a Fall” and “Area of ​​Interest”
Runner-up:
Emma Stone for “Bad Things”
Lily Gladstone, “The Moonflower Killers”

Best Supporting Actor: Charles Milton, “May December”
Runners-up: Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer,” and Ryan Gosling, “Barbie” (Tie).

Best Supporting Actress: Davin Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers”
Runner-up:
Penelope Cruz “Ferrari”
Rachel McAdams, “Are You There, Oh God?” “It's Me, Margaret”

Best scenario: Sammy Burch, “May December”
Runner-up:
Celine's song “Past Life”
David Hemingson, “The Keepers”

Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Brito, “The Moonflower Killers”
Runner-up:
Lucas Zall, “Area of ​​Interest”
Hoyte van Hoytema “Oppenheimer”

Best experimental film: Trailer for the film There Will Never Be: False Wars by Jean-Luc Godard

Cinema Heritage Award: Standard channel

Cinema Heritage Award: Faces, Kim Video, Scarecrow Video and Vidiots

A special adaptation of a film awaiting distribution in the United States: “Close Your Eyes” by Victor Iris