1970 National Society of Film Critics Awards

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5th NSFC Awards

January 10, 1971

Best Film:

The 5th National Society of Film Critics Awards, given on 10 January 1971, honored the best filmmaking of 1970.[1][2][3]

The member critics voting for the awards were Hollis Alpert of the Saturday Review, Gary Arnold of The Washington Post, Harold Clurman of The Nation, Jay Cocks of Time, David Denby of The Atlantic, Penelope Gilliatt of The New Yorker, Philip T. Hartung of Commonweal, Pauline Kael of The New Yorker, Stefan Kanfer of Time, Stanley Kauffmann of The New Republic, Arthur Knight of Saturday Review, Robert Kotlowitz of Harper's Magazine, Joseph Morgenstern of Newsweek, Andrew Sarris of The Village Voice, Richard Schickel of Life, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. of Vogue, John Simon of The New Leader, Bruce Williamson of Playboy, and Paul D. Zimmerman of Newsweek.[4]


Best Picture

M*A*S*H (27 points)

2. The Passion of Anna (25 points)
3. The Wild Child (18 points)
4. My Night at Maud's (16 points)
5. Five Easy Pieces (10 points)

Best Director

Ingmar BergmanThe Passion of Anna (24 points)

2. François TruffautThe Wild Child (20 points)
3. Robert AltmanM*A*S*H (19 points)
4. Luis BuñuelTristana (10 points)
5. Bob RafelsonFive Easy Pieces (9 points)

Best Actor

George C. ScottPatton (18 points)

2. George SegalLoving, The Owl and the Pussycat, and Where's Poppa? (14 points)
3. Jean-Louis TrintignantMy Night at Maud's (12 points)
4. Jack NicholsonFive Easy Pieces (11 points)
5. Alan ArkinCatch-22 (9 points)

Best Actress

Glenda JacksonWomen in Love (27 points)

2. Françoise FabianMy Night at Maud's (20 points)
3. Liv UllmannThe Passion of Anna (15 points)
4. Barbra StreisandThe Owl and the Pussycat (9 points)
5. Carrie SnodgressDiary of a Mad Housewife (8 points)

Best Supporting Actor

Chief Dan GeorgeLittle Big Man (21 points)

2. Anthony PerkinsCatch-22 and WUSA (16 points)
3. Richard CastellanoLovers and Other Strangers (11 points)
4. Peter BoyleJoe (8 points)
4. Paul MazurskyAlex in Wonderland (8 points)

Best Supporting Actress

Lois SmithFive Easy Pieces (29 points)

2. Sally KellermanM*A*S*H (12 points)
3. Eva Marie SaintLoving (10 points)
4. Karen BlackFive Easy Pieces (9 points)
4. Trish Van DevereWhere's Poppa? (9 points)

Best Screenplay

Éric RohmerMy Night at Maud's (23 points)

2. Ingmar BergmanThe Passion of Anna (17 points)
3. Adrien Joyce [Carole Eastman]Five Easy Pieces (15 points)
4. François Truffaut and Jean GruaultThe Wild Child (13 points)
5. Jorge SemprúnThe Confession (10 points)

Best Cinematography

Néstor AlmendrosThe Wild Child and My Night at Maud's (24 points)

2. Sven NykvistThe Passion of Anna and First Love (18 points)
3. Billy WilliamsWomen in Love (16 points)
4. Giuseppe RotunnoFellini Satyricon (7 points)

Special Awards

  • Donald Richie and the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art for the three-month Retrospective of Japanese Films which they held in 1970
  • Daniel Talbot of the New Yorker theater for the contribution he has made to the cinema by showing films that might not otherwise have been available to the public


  1. ^ "'M*A*S*H' Picked as Best Film Of '70 by Critics for Magazines". The New York Times. 11 January 1971. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Film Critics Group Picks 'M.A.S.H' As Best Of 1970". Toledo Blade. 13 January 1971. Retrieved 3 January 2018 – via Google News Archive.
  3. ^ "Film Critics Vote MASH Best Movie". The Morning Record. 11 January 1971. Retrieved 3 January 2018 – via Google News Archive.
  4. ^ Denby, David, ed. (1971). Film 70/71: An Anthology by the National Society of Film Critics. New York: Simon and Schuster.

External links

  • Past Awards
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