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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.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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