Iranian director Asghar Farhadi received the best foreign-language film award of the US National Society of Film Critics from Rebecca Miller.
He grabbed the award in a ceremony held in New York.
Rebecca Miller applauded Farhadi, the director of the Iranian best foreign-language film winner The Salesman (Farhadi twice previously won this same award), as a "master of suspense."
US National Society of Film Critics is one of the oldest independent cinematic organizations of the US formed in 1909.
The cinematic structure holds a ceremony every year ahead of Academic Awards to grant awards to filmmakers, critics, experts and students.