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“At Berkeley,” “Act of Killing” tie for NSFC honor

The National Society of Film Critics has named At Berkeley (pictured) and The Act of Killing as the best non-fiction films of 2013.
January 6, 2014

The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) has named At Berkeley (pictured) and The Act of Killing as the best non-fiction films of 2013.

The NSFC held its 48th annual awards voting meeting on Saturday (January 4), using a weighted ballot system.

Fred Wiseman and Joshua Oppenheimer’s films both scored 20 votes to tie for the best non-fiction honor, while Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s Leviathan came in third with 18 votes.

Leviathan also took an award for best experimental film.

Fifty-six members of the NSFC were eligible to vote, though a few disqualified themselves because they hadn’t seen every film, the organization said. Any film that opened in the U.S. during 2013 was eligible for consideration. There is no nomination process – members just meet, vote, and announce the winners.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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