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“Past Lives” Wins Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics

“Past Lives” Wins Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics

Celine Song’s Directorial Debut “Past Lives” Wins Over Critics

The National Society of Film Critics has released its list of the best films of 2023. Among them, the winner of Best Picture was A24 and Celine Song’s Past Lives.

What is “Past Lives”?

According to Variety, The National Society of Film Critics has released its 58th annual awards for the best films of 2023. The winner of the coveted title of Best Picture was the romantic drama Past Lives by director Celine Song and studio A24. The other two nominees for this position were Oppenheimer by Christopher Nolan and The Zone of Interest by Jonathan Glazer. The film follows childhood friends Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo) as they reconnect after many years apart. Even before earning this award, Past Lives had earned acclaim left and right since its premiere at Sundance. Critics praised the film for its humanity and representation of the immigrant experience.

“Past Lives” Wins Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics
“Past Lives” from A24 Directed by Celine Song Cinematography by Shabier Kirchner Greta Lee as Nora Teo Yoo as Hae Sung

What is the Significance of This Achievement? 

This is a substantial achievement given the fact that Past Lives is the directorial debut of Celine Song. For reference, her film was pitted against industry veterans such as Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. The success of Past Lives is yet another feather in A24’s cap, which is already festooned with them, having previously won Best Picture with Moonlight and the multiversal hit Everything Everywhere All at Once. What makes this an especially high honor is the status of who is bestowing it. The National Society of Film Critics is one of the most prestigious film guilds in the world of cinema, standing alongside the Oscars in significance. 

What Does This Mean Going Forward?

After having such a triumphant start to her cinematic career, moviegoers will likely see more of Song’s work in the future. While A24 has already cemented its status as a darling among film critics, the triumph of Past Lives is yet another example of their ability to give rising stars their time to shine. Given the prestige of the National Society of Film Critics, they have also been a strong predictor for the Best Picture winner at the Oscars, such as with Parasite and Nomadland. Additionally, the success of Past Lives in film circles is yet another stride forward for Asian-American representation and recognition of female directors’ talent. 

“Past Lives” Wins Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics
“Past Lives” from A24 Directed by Celine Song Cinematography by Shabier Kirchner Greta Lee as Nora Teo Yoo as Hae Sung John Magaro as Arthur

Past Lives (2023) Official A24 Trailer

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