'Inside Llewyn Davis' wins Best Feature at the 2013 Gotham Independent Awards
2013 GOTHAM INDEPENDENT AWARD WINNERS
Best Feature: "Inside Llewyn Davis"
It's a movie made in New York about New Yorkers, filled with New Yorkers," Oscar Isaac said, playing well to the home town crowd. Sweet justice for the film after the Coens were somehow passed over in the directing and writing categories at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Jared Leto was on hand to accept in McConaughey's stead. He read a statement from the actor, who he had on the telephone while reading it (that's a first). At the end Leto left it with a "just keep livin'."
Oh, and Leto jumped on the loud crowd: "Shut the fuck up... you can eat your crème brûlée later." Git 'em, Jared.
Best Actress: Brie Larson, "Short Term 12"
Really, it's an embarrassment of riches in this category. But Larson might be the best of the lot. Her work in this underrated gem is so raw and authentic. "This may be the only time I accept an award," she said, which may or may not be true for "Short Term 12," but is certainly not true of her future. We'll be talking about her for years to come.
Best Breakthrough Actor: Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale Station"
I say again, there's a lot of love for Jordan out there on the circuit. He's charmed a lot of people along the way and is just such a bright young man. He thanked his parents tonight for their sacrifices along the way as he was growing up across the river in New Jersey, dreaming of becoming an actor. "Oscar [Grant]'s story needed to be told," he said.
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award: Ryan Coogler, "Fruitvale Station"
A strong voice and a vibrant new talent, it's hard to argue with this, even if it was the bigger player in the category. This film's story stretches way back to Sundance, where it picked up a few key prizes. "A few years ago I was just a film graduate student trying to figure things out, and I went into Forest [Whitaker]'s office to tell him what kind of movies I wanted to make," Coogler said about his producer and a tributee tonight. "He said he wanted to make this one, and I'm indebted to him for that."
Best Documentary: "The Act of Killing"
One of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. Just topped the Sight and Sound poll. Will it translate to a nomination or will the branch, as ever, go its own way?
Audience Award: "Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings"
This beat out a couple of heavy-hitters. "12 Years a Slave" and "Fruitvale Station" were in the mix. "I think it's cool that all the films in this category were about strong, dynamic people of color," writer/director Tadashi Nakamura said. No doubt.
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