The 2013 Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Gotham Awards were awarded last night and while 12 Years a Slave topped the list of nominees it was Inside Llewyn Davis and Fruitvale Station topping the list of winners, the latter taking home two awards while Inside Llewyn Davis took home Best Feature.
Obviously McConaughey is going to be a player at the Oscars, and it will be interesting to see what comes of Larson who is great in Short Term 12, a film I hope more and more people see as the year goes on and once it hits DVD and Blu-ray on January 14.
Fruitvale Station was the undisputed Breakthrough winner as director Ryan Coogler won the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and star Michael B. Jordan won for Breakthrough Actor. While I don’t think Coogler is going to be able to sneak into the Best Director category at the Oscars, Jordan just might be able to squirm his way into Best Actor and I would love to see it.
I’ve included the complete list of nominees below, with winners marked in bold red text.
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ Grant
For the third consecutive year, IFP is proud present the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant, a $25,000 cash award for an alumna of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs. This grant aims to further the careers of emerging women directors by supporting the completion, distribution and audience engagement strategies of their first feature film.