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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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