Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye To Language has been named the Best Picture of 2014 by officials at the U.S. National Society of Film Critics.

The 3D movie, starring French actress Heloise Godet as a married woman who is brought together with her lover by a stray dog, narrowly beat Richard Linklater's Boyhood to the top prize by just one point.

It wasn't all bad for Boyhood - Linklater claimed the Best Director title, while Patricia Arquette was declared Best Supporting Actress for her role in the coming-of-age drama, which was filmed over the course of 12 years.

Meanwhile, biopic Mr. Turner was another double winner, with Timothy Spall honoured as Best Actor for his portrayal of British painter J.M.W. Turner, a day after claiming the same accolade at the Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival in Italy. The movie also earned the award for Best Cinematography.

French beauty Marion Cotillard was named Best Actress for Two Days, One Night and Whiplash's J.K. Simmons won the critics' vote for Best Supporting Actor.

Wes Anderson landed Best Screenplay for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour emerged as Best Non-Fiction Film at the National Society of Film Critics' 49th annual awards, which took place on Saturday (03Jan15) in New York.