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.
The Oath, directed by Laura Poitras
Best Ensemble Performance
Kevin Asch, Holy Rollers
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]