Gotham Independent Film Awards winners: Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin, Emayatzy Corinealdi

At the Gotham Independent Film Awards, Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin won Breakthrough Director and the inaugural Bingham Ray prize. Emayatzy Corinealdi won Breakthrough Actor for her role in Middle of Nowhere. Moonrise Kingdom won Best Feature and the cast of Your Sister’s Sister won Best Ensemble.

Best Feature

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

Best Documentary

  • Detropia, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors; Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Craig Atkinson, producers (Loki Films)
  • * How to Survive a Plague, David France, director; Howard Gertler, David France, producers (Sundance Selects)
  • Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
    Matthew Akers, director; Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff, producers (HBO Documentary Films and Music Box Films)
  • Room 237, Rodney Ascher, director; Tim Kirk, producer (IFC Midnight)
  • The Waiting Room, Peter Nicks, director; Peter Nicks, Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch, producers (International Film Circuit)

Best Ensemble Performance

  • Bernie, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey (Millennium Entertainment)
  • Moonrise Kingdom, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban (Focus Features)
  • Safety Not Guaranteed, Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, Mary Lynn Rajskub (Film District)
  • Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher (The Weinstein Company)
  • * Your Sister’s Sister, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass (IFC Films)

Breakthrough Director

  • Zal Batmanglij for Sound of My Voice (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky for Francine (Factory 25 and The Film Sales Company)
  • Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin for Now, Forager (Argot Pictures)
  • Antonio Méndez Esparza for Aquí y Allá (Here and There) (Torch Films)
  • * Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Breakthrough Actor

  • Mike Birbiglia in Sleepwalk with Me (IFC Films)
  • * Emayatzy Corinealdi in Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM and Participant Media)
  • Thure Lindhardt in Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films)
  • Melanie Lynskey in Hello, I Must Be Going (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

  • Kid-Thing, David Zellner, director; Nathan Zellner, Producer
  • * An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Terence Nance, director; Terence Nance, Andrew Corkin, James Bartlett, producers
  • Red Flag, Alex Karpovsky, director; Alex Karpovsky, Michael Bowes, producers
  • Sun Don’t Shine,  Amy Seimetz, director; Kim Sherman, Amy Seimetz, producers
  • Tiger Tail in Blue, Frank V. Ross, director; Adam Donaghey, Drew Durepos, producers

For the second 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.

The nominees are:

  • Leah Meyerhoff, director, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
  • Stacie Passon, director, CONCUSSION
  • Visra Vichit Vadakan, KARAOKE GIRL

Winner of the Gothams Audience Award: “Artifact,” Filmmaker Jared Leto

Winner of inaugural Bingham Ray prize: Benh Zeitlin, director, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Middle of Nowhere, The Master, Bernie, Moonrise Kingdom Nominated for Gotham Awards

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  1. The Great Dane
    November 26, 2012

    Artifact beats BEASTS for Audience Award’s Best Picture. Surprising. Ha, funny that he had to talk about Beasts TWICE in the acceptance speech, not believing that his own film beat it. :)

  2. The Great Dane
    November 26, 2012

    BEASTS rebounds, winning Best Breakthrough Director.

  3. The Great Dane
    November 26, 2012

    MIDDLE OF NOWHERE wins Breakthrough Actor for the female lead. This is into Sasha’s dream awards show :)

  4. November 26, 2012

    The Great Dane, Nice live commentary. Thanks for the help.

  5. The Great Dane
    November 26, 2012

    @Ryan: :)

    Best Ensemble: Your Sister’s Sister? Over Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings? How random.

  6. Antoinette
    November 26, 2012

    One second Billy Crudup was talking and then there was this blonde lady saying nothing. Did that happen to everyone else?

  7. The Great Dane
    November 26, 2012

    Have a sneaking suspicion that Middle of Nowhere will beat The Master. Makes perfect sense. The Master and Moonrise Kingdom would be pointless for them to award.

  8. Antoinette
    November 26, 2012

    Oh come on, I can’t stand Damon but I would have done a nicer speech than that. Pfft.

  9. Antoinette
    November 26, 2012

    Woah. Moonrise Kingdom. Rising from the ashes. Go you.

  10. DaneM
    November 26, 2012

    What did Moonrise win?

  11. Antoinette
    November 26, 2012

    Best Feature.

    The ads are beginning to eat the internet again. I know it’s the time of year but I’ve got a whole new computer since last year and it’s still sticky.

  12. Lorcan
    November 26, 2012


  13. Houstonrufus
    November 26, 2012

    Thrilled for Beasts! Good for Moonrise Kingdom. I’m not as keen on the movie as many are, but I do hope it’s awards chances rise with this win.

  14. Jerry
    November 26, 2012

    Go Beasts, the comeback kid! I will be so disappointed if this little film doesn’t make the final 10.

  15. Aragorn
    November 26, 2012

    Beasts got what it deserved; Best Directing.

    And I am glad that little girl didnt win for just being a little girl. Happy for Middle of Nowhere.
    Surprised about Your Sister’s Sister, even though all three performances were good

  16. Geremy
    November 26, 2012

    Looks like each award went to a different film. Cool! Does anyone know if that’s common for Gotham?

    Go BEASTS! Still hoping that it’s the little film that could.

  17. PaulH
    November 26, 2012

    How much do these awards mean in the bigger picture, though? It’s nice that the wealth was spread around, but will this make an iota of difference once the big guns start rolling out next month?

  18. winston F
    November 26, 2012

    yay! i’m happy Emayatzy Corineald got the award over Q. Wallis who in my opinion, was better directed by than acted.

  19. Bball_Jake
    November 26, 2012

    Moonrise Kingdom beats The Master? Really Surprising! And Quvenzhane Wallis Loses to the lady from Middle of Nowhere? And Your Sisters Sister wins best ensemble? I kind of like their random but creative choices.

  20. Mike
    November 27, 2012

    Your Sister’s Sister was deserving. The cast did a great job. I wish Rosemarie Dewitt would receive an Oscar nomination for her performance. I thought she was really terrific.

  21. Pierre de Plume
    November 27, 2012

    I really liked Your Sister’s Sister. To me it’s more ensembley than Moonrise Kingdom.

  22. SallyinChicago
    November 27, 2012

    I would love to see Zeitlin take one of those best director spots, simply because the movie was super good and he did an amazing job.

  23. Nic V
    November 27, 2012

    There seems to be here a very interesting situation. How is it that Your Sister’s Sister beats out Silver Lining Playbook for best ensemble when for the last two weeks all we’ve heard is how incredible Silver Lining is? I’ve seen the trailer for Your Sister’s Sister and honestly it looks good and I like the cast. But if Silver Lining has all these locks on stuff as we’ve been reading how did they loose this one?

    And I’m sorry but Moonrise Kingdom gimme a break. A live action version of The Fantasic Mr. Fox.

  24. Bryce Forestieri
    November 27, 2012

    How ignorant! ^^

  25. November 27, 2012

    Well-deserved wins for Your Sister’s Sister, Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts, and How to Survive a Plague. Wonder if the latter has any Oscar traction? When does the doc shortlist get announced?

  26. J.K
    November 27, 2012

    Does this affect The Master’s Oscar chances one way or another? I feel like it needed this win but I could just be mistaken. As much as I LOVED Moonrise, I was really hoping for PTA to jump on stage and accept an award. :/ #saddenedPTAfanboy

  27. Bill W.
    November 27, 2012

    @ nic v – I saw Silver Linings – it wasn’t all that incredible

  28. Princess of Peace
    November 27, 2012

    I agree with Bill W. that Silver Linings is not that great. Your Sister’s Sister is a better film.

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