Jean-Luc Goddard's experimental cine-collage film Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) has beaten Boyhood to the Best Picture award in the National Society of Film Critics poll.
It beat Richard Linklater's pain-staking coming of age drama by just one point, a film which is currently among the favourites to take home the top Oscars, and comes in spite of it seeing a limited theatrical release in the US (where the award was given) and going straight to DVD in the UK.
The French director's work has always polarised opinion, being more impressionistic in its approach than narrative-led.
Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Screenplay in the poll, while Marion Cotillard picked up a Best Actress award for her role in James Gray's The Immigrant.
The last three winners of the Best Picture prize were the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Michael Haneke's Amour (2012) and Lars Von Trier's Melancholia (2011).Reuse content