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'Birdman' tops 'Boyhood' at Gotham Awards

In an early showdown between two Oscar frontrunners, the Gotham Independent Film Awards honored the movie with stronger New York credentials. Birdman, Alejandro Iñárritu’s surreal story of a washed-up Hollywood superhero actor grasping for meaning and relevancy by mounting a Broadway play, topped Richard Linklater’s Boyhood for Best Feature.

Michael Keaton, who—in a very meta piece of casting—played the sinking actor haunted by his costumed alter-ego, took home the prize for Best Actor.  “I’d like to thank the folks of Gotham,” Keaton joked. “It feels awfully good to be back home. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but when’s the last time you saw the Joker or the Penguin causing any problems?” READ FULL STORY

'Inside Llewyn Davis' upsets '12 Years a Slave' at Gotham Awards

Inside Llewyn Davis upset 12 Years a Slave and was named Best Feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday night. The honor gives a boost to the Coen brothers’ folk-music movie, though the Gotham Awards aren’t typically an Oscar bellwether due to its specific focus on independent film. (Last year, Moonrise Kingdom won the top prize.)

In the acting categories, however, Matthew McConaughey won for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, edging out a field that included Oscar contenders Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Redford. Similarly, Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson was named Best Actress over Blue Jasmine‘s Cate Blanchett, who is considered at least a lock for an Oscar nomination.

The night’s biggest winner was Fruitvale Station, the Sundance darling about the last 24 hours in the life of Bay Area man Oscar Grant. Director Ryan Coogler was awarded the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and Michael B. Jordan was named Breakthrough Actor.

The Best Documentary prize was given to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, and the Audience Award went to Tadashi Nakamura’s Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.

Forest Whitaker, star of Lee Daniels’ The Butler and a producer on Fruitvale Station, was given a lifetime achievement award, and Steve Buscemi presented a posthumous tribute to James Gandolfini.

Nick Kroll to host Gotham Film Awards

Nick Kroll, star of Comedy Central’s Kroll Show and FX’s The League, will host the Gotham Independent Film Awards on Dec. 2 in New York. “I cannot wait to host the Gotham Awards as I’ve always wanted to meet Batman in person,” Kroll said in a statement. “This is just one example of the soon-to-be classic jokes I will bring to this celebrated event. Seriously, it’s an honor to be asked by IFP.”

The Gotham Awards are one of the season’s first major stops, with indies competing for top honors. Last year, Wes Anderson’s Moonlight Kingdom and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild took home prizes. This year, 12 Years a Slave is a favorite to win Best Feature, and individual acting awards will be presented for the time.

'12 Years a Slave' leads Gotham nominations


The Gotham Independent Film Awards rolled out its nominations today, with 12 Years a Slave leading the pack with three nominations, including Best Feature. Kicking off the awards season as one of the first major awards ceremonies, the Gotham Independent Film Awards highlight independent films and recognize breakthrough performances. This year’s awards added the Best Actor and Best Actress awards, and the winners will be announced Dec. 2.

Forest Whitaker and Richard Linklater will receive special tributes at the ceremony.

The complete nominations after the jump:


'Bernie,' 'Moonrise Kingdom' score Gotham nominations


The Master, Bernie, and Moonrise Kingdom were nominated by the Gotham Independent Film Awards for Best Feature. One of the first major awards ceremonies of the Oscar season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards focus attention on worthy independent films and breakthrough performances. Mike Birbiglia, who was nominated for a Breakthough Actor award for his performance in Sleepwalk With Me, will also host the ceremony on Nov. 26.

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Mike Birbiglia to host 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards

Movie awards season is right around the corner, and that means news of who will host the many awards ceremonies will start trickling in. The Independent Filmmaker Project announced Wednesday that comedian and actor Mike Birbiglia is set to host this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The ceremony is presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project and will be held on Monday, Nov. 26 in New York City to honor independent films released in the past year.


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