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January 4, 2009 | Susan King
An animated Israeli film that's taken on unexpected timeliness in recent days won the top award Saturday from U.S. film critics. "Waltz with Bashir," Ari Folman's animated documentary chronicling his coming to terms with repressed memories of his experiences with the Israeli army in the 1982 Lebanon War, was named best picture of 2008 by the National Society of Film Critics. The film was released in the U.S. only weeks before Israel's military offensive against Hamas in Gaza.
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January 4, 2014 | By Susan King
"Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel and Ethan Coen's study of a struggling New York folk singer in 1961, was the big winner Saturday at the National Society of Film Critics. The film received four awards, including best film, actor for Oscar Isaac, director for the siblings and cinematography for Bruno Delbonnel. "American Hustle" placed second and "12 Years a Slave" tied with "Her" for third in the voting for best film, while Chiwetel Ejiofor for "Slave" and Robert Redford for "All Is Lost" were runners-up in the acting category.
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January 9, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Though "Sideways" has received accolades as best picture of 2004 from more than 30 critics' groups, Clint Eastwood's pugilist drama "Million Dollar Baby" was voted top film Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. In one of several split decisions handed down at the group's 39th annual meeting at Sardi's restaurant in New York, Hilary Swank tied for best actress for her performance as a talented young boxer managed by a trainer played by Eastwood.
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January 5, 2013 | By Susan King
The National Society of Film Critics named  "Amour," Michael Haneke's heartbreaking drama about an elderly couple, the best film of 2012 on Saturday. Haneke was named best director and Emmanuelle Riva was named best actress. "The Master" came in second place for best picture with  "Zero Dark Thirty" third. Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty) tied with Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master") for runner-up in the director category.  "Amour" was named best picture of 2012 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
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January 4, 1994 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steven Spielberg's directing efforts--until now largely overlooked by film reviewer groups--were finally honored by the National Society of Film Critics on Monday, as the group voted to name him best director of 1993 and his film "Schindler's List" the best movie of year.
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January 4, 2004 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
"American Splendor," Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's quirky look at the life of underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, was voted best picture of 2003 on Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. The directors also won for their screenplay of the film, which cleverly blends fiction with reality. As was the case this time last year, no single film has emerged as a front-runner in the awards race that culminates in the Oscars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Mulholland Dr." and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" won top picture honors Saturday as film awards were handed out on two coasts. In New York, "Mulholland Dr.," David Lynch's offbeat, enigmatic mystery, was named best picture of 2001 by the National Society of Film Critics. And in Beverly Hills, the American Film Institute gave top honors to Peter Jackson's fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings" in a televised event--the AFI's first-ever awards ceremony. For "Mulholland Dr.
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June 18, 1992 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Patriotic Response: The National Society of Film Critics is backing Joseph McBride, the Variety critic whose review of "Patriot Games" brought flak from Paramount, after which a Variety editor indicated that McBride's Irish background may have interfered with his review. On Wednesday, the critics group released a statement saying it "strongly objects to the aspersions cast by Variety against its staff reviewer. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Yi yi" ("A One and a Two"), Edward Yang's humanistic comedy of manners from Taiwan, was named best picture of 2000 Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics, a group known for its eclectic tastes. Steven Soderbergh was voted best director for both of his films that were released last year, the drug thriller "Traffic" and the popular drama "Erin Brockovich." Runners-up for director were Yang, and Ang Lee for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
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February 1, 1992 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Kevin Costner and the National Society of Film Critics have thrown their support behind a writer for Washingtonian magazine who resigned after her favorable review of the film "JFK" was spiked by the editor. The critic, Pat Dowell, said Costner telephoned her earlier this month and "said he thought I had done the right thing." Costner stars as New Orleans Dist. Atty. Jim Garrison in the controversial film by director Oliver Stone.
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January 4, 2009 | Susan King
An animated Israeli film that's taken on unexpected timeliness in recent days won the top award Saturday from U.S. film critics. "Waltz with Bashir," Ari Folman's animated documentary chronicling his coming to terms with repressed memories of his experiences with the Israeli army in the 1982 Lebanon War, was named best picture of 2008 by the National Society of Film Critics. The film was released in the U.S. only weeks before Israel's military offensive against Hamas in Gaza.
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January 6, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
"There Will be Blood," Paul Thomas Anderson's epic tale of oil, power and greed, was named best picture of 2007 on Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. The complex and ambitious adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "Oil!" also won best director for Anderson, best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and best cinematography for Robert Elswit. Both the drama and Day-Lewis have been gaining momentum this awards season. Last month, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Though "Sideways" has received accolades as best picture of 2004 from more than 30 critics' groups, Clint Eastwood's pugilist drama "Million Dollar Baby" was voted top film Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. In one of several split decisions handed down at the group's 39th annual meeting at Sardi's restaurant in New York, Hilary Swank tied for best actress for her performance as a talented young boxer managed by a trainer played by Eastwood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2004 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
"American Splendor," Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's quirky look at the life of underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, was voted best picture of 2003 on Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. The directors also won for their screenplay of the film, which cleverly blends fiction with reality. As was the case this time last year, no single film has emerged as a front-runner in the awards race that culminates in the Oscars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Mulholland Dr." and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" won top picture honors Saturday as film awards were handed out on two coasts. In New York, "Mulholland Dr.," David Lynch's offbeat, enigmatic mystery, was named best picture of 2001 by the National Society of Film Critics. And in Beverly Hills, the American Film Institute gave top honors to Peter Jackson's fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings" in a televised event--the AFI's first-ever awards ceremony. For "Mulholland Dr.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2001 | TOM O'NEIL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They don't have the glow of the Oscars or the glitz of the Golden Globes, but the awards from the top film critics' groups can be surprisingly influential--and the history of their voting surprisingly colorful. The critics award season kicks into gear next week with the unveiling of awards from the New York Film Critics Circle on Thursday and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. next Saturday.
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January 5, 1998
"L.A. Confidential" was voted best film of 1997 by the National Society of Film Critics, finishing ahead of "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Boogie Nights," the 48-member group announced Sunday. The results capped a sweep of major critics awards for "L.A. Confidential," which had previously been chosen best picture by the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
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January 7, 1991 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The violent yet highly praised Martin Scorsese film "GoodFellas" collected prizes for best picture of 1990 and best director from the National Society of Film Critics in voting on Sunday in New York. The wins give the gangland drama and Scorsese a clean sweep of the three major critics organizations' year-end balloting. In December, "GoodFellas" was voted best picture and Scorsese named best director by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the New York Film Critics Circle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Yi yi" ("A One and a Two"), Edward Yang's humanistic comedy of manners from Taiwan, was named best picture of 2000 Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics, a group known for its eclectic tastes. Steven Soderbergh was voted best director for both of his films that were released last year, the drug thriller "Traffic" and the popular drama "Erin Brockovich." Runners-up for director were Yang, and Ang Lee for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
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January 9, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Being John Malkovich," an unconventional satire on fame, and "Topsy-Turvy," Mike Leigh's look at composers Gilbert and Sullivan, were both named best picture of 1999 Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. It is the first time in the society's history that there has been a tie for best film. Last month, "Topsy-Turvy" was named best film by the New York Film Critics Circle. Mike Leigh was also named best director for "Topsy-Turvy." Runners-up for best director were David O.
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