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article imageGotham honors 'Birdman' and 'Boyhood' with top awards

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 1, 2014 in Entertainment
New York - "Birdman" wins best feature while "Boyhood" wins audience award as the Gotham Independent Film Awards were handed out tonight (Dec. 1). Earlier today, the New York Film Critics Circle named "Boyhood" best film.
Add in "Gone Girl" from The Hollywood Film Awards last month and award season is off and running. It shows what could be a showdown brewing between "Boyhood" and "Birdman."
It seems like it would be hard not to give "Boyhood" accolades since its director, Richard Linklater, spent 12 years bringing it to the screen. Hollywood is a sucker for those labor of love films, and this goes to the extreme.
But, "Birdman" is also a film about show business and Broadway. That hits home and it is a comeback story to boot. Michael Keaton, who is staging a comeback, per se, of his own, won the acting prize. "I want to thank the fine folks at Gotham. It feels awfully good to be back home." he noted after winning. Keaton joked about Batman: "Not to toot my own horn, but when's the last time you've seen the Penguin or the Joker around?".
The Gotham Independent Film Awards celebrate the Indies. Of course, with all award shows, there are rules and regulations. That may be a reason why some people may think a snub happened along the way to the nominations. One such rule for Gotham is that "Films must be American.The film must be directed and/or produced (credited lead producers) by a US born or based filmmaker," stated in their release.
“Each year the independent film community comes together at the Gotham Awards to honor the best work from independent storytellers. We are excited that so many talented and celebrated artists are joining us in saluting this year’s nominees of master film artists and talented newcomers,” Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center said, earlier this year.
One award that was previously announced was a Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance. It went to Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo for "Foxcatcher"
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)
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
"Boyhood"- Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films)
Best Actor
Michael Keaton - "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Actress
Julianne Moore - "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour - "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" (Kino Lorber)
Breakthrough Actor
Tessa Thompson - "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Best Documentary
"CITIZENFOUR" - Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)
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