Gotham Award winners – Birdman takes off. Also the Birdman puns.

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman.

Earlier today the Gotham Independent Film Awards took place, and there was a nice mix of the expected and unexpected. Unexpectedly, Birdman took out the top prize, edging out Boyhood, the much adored favourite. Fear not through, Boyhood didn’t walk away empty handed. The crowdpleaser and critical darling not-so-surprisingly won the audience award. Later this week, after the National Board of Review announcement tomorrow, I’ll have my updated Oscar predictions of nearly every category. The winners are as follows:

Best Feature Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director

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

Breakthrough Actor Tessa Thompson in Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Kino Lorber)

Audience Award Boyhood


Special Gotham Jury Award Foxcatcher ensemble: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum (Sony Pictures Classics)


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