Frederick Wiseman's Ex Libris comes in second; Dawson City: Frozen Times third
The National Society of Film Critics has named Faces Places the best documentary of the year.
The organization made up of film critics from leading publications across the country convened on Saturday to vote on best picture, acting, cinematography and other categories, along with documentary.
NSFC releases the results of its tallies. Faces Places, directed by 89-year-old Agnès Varda and 34-year-old artist JR, earned 70 votes.
That total more than doubled the 34 votes that went to the second place film, Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, directed by Frederick Wiseman, who turned 88 on New Year's Day. Dawson City: Frozen Time, directed by Bill Morrison, came in a close third, with 32 votes.
Faces Places and Ex Libris both earned spots last month on the Oscar documentary shortlist, but Dawson City: Frozen Time missed out.
NSFC members include critics Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post, Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal, Peter Keough of the Boston Globe, Richard Brody of the New Yorker, Alison Willmore of Buzzfeed and Peters Travers of Rolling Stone. Justin Chang of the L.A. Times chairs the group.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.