The 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, hosted by Uma Thurman, was live streamed tonight from Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The Independent Filmmaker Project, which hands out the Gothams to “worthy independent films,” calls this the “kickoff to the film awards season”.
The big winner of the night was Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) winning Best Feature and Best Actor for Michael Keaton. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice. The Edward Snowden pic Citizenfour was named Best Documentary.
Trophies were handed out in six categories, plus the Audience Award, culled from the 15 nominees for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Breakthrough Director.
Streep presented the previously announced Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance, which went to Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher. Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller received a tribute during the ceremony, presented by his Capote actress and former roommate Catherine Keener. Tributes also went to Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos,
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best Feature Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Actress Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)
Best Actor Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Documentary CITIZENFOUR Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award Boyhood Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Kino Lorber)
Breakthrough Actor Tessa Thompson in Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)