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Gotham Awards Winners

You inspire him"
-Amy Adams to Joaquin Phoenix in The Master

Did The Gotham Awards inspire more faith in the possibly fadingg Oscar prospects of The Master? They did not. The following films competed for Best Picture in NYC's sort-of answer to The Spirit Awards: 

  • Bernie
  • The Loneliest Planet
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Middle of Nowhere

(Yes, The Beasts of The Southern Wild was already famously snubbed here when the nominations were announced last month though it had other nominations and the team was in town for the ceremony and to beat their Oscar drum.) 


Jared, Benh, and Ematatzy

Audience Award ARTIFACT. Jared Leto accepted the documentary about his band and a lawsuit.

Don't hate me because I beat that other film."

Breakthrough Director BENH ZEITLIN for Beasts of the Southern Wild

It's no time to sit around crying like a bunch of pussies. Make more movies."

Breakthrough Actor EMAYATZY CORINEALDI in Middle of Nowhere

(Beasts of the Southern Wild seemed to be having as rough a night as Gotham's Live Feed which sorely disappointed. But things turned around for it. The movie, not the live feed.)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
(Incidentally my favorite idea for an award category ever)

Bingham Ray Prize
BENH ZEITLIN for Beasts of the Southern Wild 

Best Ensemble

Best Documentary

Best Film

Michael made a For Your Consideration plea for Moonrise Kingdom in Best Picture a short time ago right here at The Film Experience. I've not been confident on its Oscar prospects mostly because the film skews so young in its narrative (Oscar isn't that enamored of childhood tales outside of the Foreign Film category) and because excessively stylized pictures tend to be a tough sell for many voters. But the Gotham win is heartening.

Are you happy with the outcomes this year? Do they inspire you?

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Reader Comments (8)

So happy for Emayatzy. Hopefully she can get more work.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

They just Glenn Close The Master. Moonrise is the new Cher.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

also happy for Emayatzy. Hope the award gets that movie more exposure. Ava DuVernay is an amazing storteller and I'd like to see her get some traction in best original screenplay race.

And get Emayarzy talked about for best actress..... although that category is very crowded. Remember when people were saying it's a weak year for best actress?

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

Once every three or four years a movie emerges in the awards race that I have never heard of or somehow missed all knowledge of. This is one of those moments.

November 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

If you are talking about "Middle of Nowhere" it premiered at Sundance. Ava Duvernay became the first Black Female director to win the Sundance directing prize. Ava Duvernay's first film 2011's Ï Will Follow" also received praise. You should definitely check out both films.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

How To Survive A Plague: very deserving!

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

Moonrise Kingdom over The Master and Beasts of the Southern Wild? Hell yeah!

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach

Gotham got it right. The Master is one of the most overrated movies in years. Let's just hope AMPAS follows suit.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

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