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Gotham Award Winners: Winter's Bone, Robert Duvall, Waiting for Superman, The Oath

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 30, 2010 at 3:18AM

Who came out ahead at the 20th Gotham Awards (see them here)? Winter's Bone, which won best feature and best ensemble, now gets a huge boost toward landing in the Best Picture Top Ten. Critics groups should continue to push this film up the awards hill.
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Who came out ahead at the 20th Gotham Awards (see them here)? Winter's Bone, which won best feature and best ensemble, now gets a huge boost toward landing in the Best Picture Top Ten. Critics groups should continue to push this film up the awards hill.

Robert Duvall also got some forward momentum from his lengthy tribute from his Get Low co-star Bill Murray, who wowed the crowd. "I can go on for 12 minutes like some of these other folks," he said. "Some of us have cars waiting...He can ride a horse, shoot a gun and make love to a beautiful Argentine woman. His shadow is a better actor than 70% of the people in this room... and you know who you are."

Full list of winners below and commentary at indieWIRE.

Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham were both overlooked for breakthrough performance and director respectively, leading some observers to ask if they paid the price for grabbing too much media attention. Surprise winners Ronnie Bronstein of Daddy Longlegs and Kevin Asch of Holy Rollers took the prizes instead.

While Conviction director Tony Goldwyn sang the praises of Gotham tributee Hilary Swank, it's unlikely that Fox Searchlight can build Oscar heat for that film, which is stone cold.
Among the docs, Waiting for Superman won the festival genius prize, continuing on the path to the final five for feature documentary. Not short-listed for the Oscar was Laura Poitras's surprise doc winner The Oath, which beat out another Oscar short-lister, Inside Job.

Best Feature
Winter’s Bone

Best Documentary
The Oath, directed by Laura Poitras

Best Ensemble Performance
Winter’s Bone

Breakthrough Director
Kevin Asch, Holy Rollers

Breakthrough Actor
Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Littlerock, directed by Mike Ott

Festival Genius Audience Award
Waiting For ‘Superman’, directed by Davis Guggenheim

[Photo of Winter's Bone director Debra Granik for indieWIRE by Brian Brooks]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.