Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Indiewire logo

"12 Years A Slave" Wins Gotham Awards

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik October 24, 2013 at 10:43AM

As much as I enjoy the Gothams, New York's independent film awards ceremony and IFP fundraiser, the actual winners are rarely, if ever, a surprise. While the Gothams don't take place for another month, it's safe to say that "12 Years A Slave" will win the big prizes, increasing its momentum as it heads to the Academy Awards next year.
3
12 years

As much as I enjoy the Gothams, New York's independent film awards ceremony and IFP fundraiser, the actual winners are rarely, if ever, a surprise. While the Gothams don't take place for another month, it's safe to say that "12 Years A Slave" will win the big prizes, increasing its momentum as it heads to the Academy Awards next year. 

I believe that "12 Years a Slave" is one of the strongest films of the year, but as I complain every year, placing the film against lower budget truer indie films like "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Upstream Color" doesn't feel entirely fair. You also have the Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" in contention, which also feels out of place for an indie-film awards ceremony and has likely displaced more deserving indie nominees, such as "Fruitvale Station" or "Blue Caprice" or "The Spectacular Now."

But alas, every awards show needs a certain amount of glitz and stars, so as with the West Coast Spirit Awards, the contenders have perennially grown in size and stature to include the work of the most auspicious studio divisions.

That leaves smaller categories like Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for the more authentic independent films to shine. Unfortunately, however, when the winners are announced in December, the press around the event is not going to lead with "Ryan Coogler Triumphs at Gotham Awards"; it'll focus on the latest Fox Searchlight Oscar contender.

Follow us

E-Mail Updates



Recent Comments

By Tony: I saw this with my girlfriend. She was completely taken in by it. This movie is no better than a soap opera. Absolute drivel, pandering to…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 28th, 2015 1:03am

By Joe Britz: While rape is a horrible crime, it doesn't mean we simply toss Blackstone out the window. The foundation of our justice system is innocent…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 28th, 2015 12:31am

By Amelia: It reminds me of the Dark Ages, where people would accuse a woman of being a Witch and everybody would simply believe the accusation because…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 27th, 2015 3:25pm

By Joe: There is no rape culture. Rape is a sickening and illegal act but apparently there are some who want to return to the old fashioned lynch mob…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 27th, 2015 1:31pm

By roosevelto: I think that this movie is many things, one of those is political. Even if we suppose that it wasn't Afflec's intention, when has become…

"Argo" Reconsidered: Ben Affleck is a Right-Wing Propagandist

Jan 16th, 2015 5:08pm

By roosevelto: I watched the movie with the most naive eyes possible. I said to myself, don't care about facts, don't care about propaganda, don't care abou…

"Argo" Reconsidered: Ben Affleck is a Right-Wing Propagandist

Jan 16th, 2015 4:53pm

By Anthony Kaufman: "The Look of Silence" will definitely be on next year's list! It hasn't opened in the U.S. yet.

The Top 12 Documentaries of 2014

Jan 3rd, 2015 1:09pm