And the 2013 IFP Gotham Award Winners Are…

This year’s Gotham Awards not only celebrated some of the best independent films of the year but a handful the year’s greatest cinematic achievements as well—from Shane Carruth’s beautifully confounding Upstream Color to Steve McQueen’s visceral and fearless 12 Years a Slave. And tonight, the 2013’s winners were announced. Check out the full list below:

BEST FEATURE
Inside Llewyn Davis – Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

BEST ACTRESS
Brie Larson in Short Term 12
(Check out our interview with Larson HERE)

BEST ACTOR
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR
Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station

 BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR
Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer, director
(Check out our interview with Oppenheimer HERE)

EUPHORIA CK SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN FILMMAKERS LIVE THE DREAM GRANT
Beneath the Harvest Sky – Gita Pullapilly, director

AUDIENCE AWARD
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings – Tadashi Nakamura, director

*Personally I would have awarded Lupita Nyong’o for Breakthrough actor, considering her performance in 12 Years a Slave was absolutely brilliant and devastating. Amy Seitmetz would have done well to take home the award for Breakthrough Director as well with her anxiety-ridden post-crime delirium drama Sun Don’t Shine. And finally, Upstream Color will always remain the best film of 2013—in my opinion and considering I’ve seen it a total of 23 times. Although, Before Midnight and 12 Years a Slave were equally just at vital and wonderful and more than deserving.

 

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