21st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards Winners

Last night was the awards ceremony that was not entertaining at all, so much that I completely fall asleep before learning live the main winners (lol!); but here are the winners in *BLUE.

Have seen both top winners movies and honestly, both did not impressed me; at least Beginners is more entertaining than Malick's latest. Surely the positive note -for me- is Dee Rees winning big as Breakthrough Director.



The award season officially starts with the Gotham nominations that were announced today; this year the list probably will have one or two movies that will do well at Oscar thus not as last year when four of the five nominated for Best Feature made it to Best Film and/or other top Oscar award nominations.

To read the press release please go here.

Best Feature
*Beginners, Mike Mills
The Descendants, Alexander Payne
Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt
Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols
*The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

Breakthrough Director
Mike Cahill for Another Earth
Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene
Vera Farmiga for Higher Ground
Evan Glodell for Bellflower
*Dee Rees for Pariah(lesbian interest)

Breakthrough Actor
*Felicity Jones in Like Crazy
Elizabeth Olsen in Marta Marcy May Marlene
Harmony Santana in Gun Hill Road (Gay/Trans interest)
Shailene Woodley in The Descendants
Jacob Wysocki in Terri

Best Ensemble Performance
The Descendants
Margin Call
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Take Shelter

Best Documentary
*Better This World, Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega
Bill Cunningham New York, Richard Press
Hell and Back Again, Danfung Dennis
The Interrupters, Steve James
The Woodmans, C. Scott Willis

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, Madeleine Olnek (lesbian interest)
Green, Sophia Takal
The Redemption of General Butt Naked, Eric Strauss
*Scenes of a Crime, Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock
Without, Mark Jackson (lesbian interest)

Nominees for the Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant
Jenny Deller for Future Weather
*Lucy Mulloy for Una Noche
Rola Nashef for Detroit Unleaded

Voting for the Audience award begins today, to vote -in round one to select the nominees- go here. The nominees will be announced on November 7th and voting second round will start then.

The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, November 28 where Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman will be presented with a career tribute.

It’s only the first nominations but I hope that this award season follow Gotham nominees trend that show nominees from diverse films as only four films have more than one nomination. Have seen a few of these movies and I’m not excited about them, let’s hope that one or two of the ones I’m missing could excite me as much as last year’s Winter’s Bone and Black Swan or like Frozen River and The Hurt Locker from previous years.

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