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