Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gotham Award Winners

The Gotham Awards focus on awarding low budget, independent cinema (with a seemingly higher financial threshold than the Independent Spirit Awards) as well as breakthrough actors and directors.
This is the first year that sees a tie for Best Feature - The Tree of Life and Beginners, which beat expected winner The Descendants. 
Last year's winner, Winter's Bone, went on to contend for Best Picture at the Oscars, together with two other Gotham nominees; The Kids Are All Right & Black Swan, which bodes well for the position of independent cinema. This year, Tree of Life and Descendants are already Oscar contenders. 
Winners via Gold Derby

.Best Feature
The Descendants
Meek's Cutoff
Take Shelter
The Tree of Life

Best Ensemble
The Descendants
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Margin Call
Take Shelter

Breakthrough Actor
Felicity Jones - Like Crazy
Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Harmony Santana - Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants
Jacob Wysocki - Terri

Breakthrough Director
Mike Cahill - Another Earth
Sean Durkin - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Vera Farmiga - Higher Ground
Evan Glodell - Bellflower
Dee Rees - Pariah

Best Documentary
Better This World
Bill Cunningham, New York
Hell and Back Again
The Interrupters
The Woodmans

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
Scenes of a Crime


  1. Was there a 'Best Music' from a film category? If so, I recommend the music from the musical saw
    scene in 'Another Earth'. You can hear it on the composer's website

  2. Michelle, no just those listed above. They have quite an erratic mix of awards, actually - not separating actors and actresses, focusing on breakthrough performances...

    I haven't seen Another Earth, but I've heard lots of good things. Will check out the soundtrack - thanks!