Oscar Buzz: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Takes Top Prize at Gotham Awards

Tonight, The Gotham Independent Film Awards took place. The Gotham Awards can be a good indicator of which independent films to keep an eye on during Oscar season. The big winner of the night was Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. Moonrise Kingdom released in spring of this year and had seemed far from our minds recently when thinking of awards contenders. But the Gotham Awards pushed them back to the forefront, along with another acclaimed indie, Beasts of the Southern Wild. In addition, there were quite  a few unexpected wins. Your Sister’s Sister won best ensemble against the casts of Moonrise, Silver Linings Playbook and other much more praised films. The documentary, Artifact, surprisingly beat out nominees that included Beasts to win the Audience Award.

Do you think Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild deserve serious awards recognition? Sound off in the comments, and check out all the winners from this year’s Gotham Awards below!

IFP Award For Best Feature

WINNERMoonrise Kingdom. 

The Loneliest Planet
The Master
Middle Of Nowhere

IFP Best Documentary Award:

WINNER: How To Survive A Plague (the AIDS activism documentary from David France)


Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
Room 237
The Waiting Room

IFP Best Ensemble Performance Award:

WINNER: Your Sister’s Sister (Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass.)

Bernie : Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey
Moonrise Kingdom : Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban
Safety Not Guaranteed : Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Silver Linings Playbook : Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz, Julia Stiles, Shea Wigham, Paulie Herman


IFP Calvin Klein Female Filmmaker Award

WINNER: Stacie Passon, director of Concussion

Bingham Ray Award:

WINNER: Benh Zeitlin for Beasts Of The Southern Wild


IFP Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You Award:

WINNER: An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, written and directed by Terence Nance.

IFP Breakthrough Actor Award:

WINNER: Emayatzy Corinealdi won for Middle Of Nowhere.
Mike Birbiglia in Sleepwalk With Me
Thure Lindhardt in Keep The Lights On
Melanie Lynskey in Hello, I Must Be Going
Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts Of The Southern Wild

IFP Breakthrough Director Award:

WINNER: Benh Zeitlin won for Beasts Of The Southern Wild. 

Zal Batmanglij for Sound Of My Voice
Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky for Francine
Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin for Now, Forager
Antonio Méndez Esparza for Aquí y Allá (Here And There)

Gotham Independence Film Audience Award Winner:

WINNER: Artifact (A documentary from Bartholomew Cubbins)

Source: Deadline


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