Monday, November 26, 2012

"Moonrise Kingdom" Tops Gotham Awards

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom took home Best Feature at tonight's Gotham Awards, while Behn Zeitlin won Breakthrough Director for Beasts of the Southern Wild, which, strangely enough, wasn't nominated for Best Feature.

MOONRISE KINGDOM.
Middle of Nowhere's Emayatzy Corinealdi also upset presumed frontrunner Quevenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is worth noting because Wallis is heavilly favored to be nominated for Best Actress at this year's Oscars. Although historically the Gothams have done little to predict the coming Oscar nominations.

And as much as I enjoyed Wallis' performance, Corinealdi is in another league entirely. It's one thing to be a cute kid doing cute and precocious things, but Corinealdi's work in Middle of Nowhere is just stunning.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Feature
"Bernie"
"The Loneliest Planet"
"The Master"
"Middle of Nowhere"
"Moonrise Kingdom" 

Best Documentary
"Detropia"
"How to Survive a Plague"
"Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present"
"Room 237"
"The Waiting Room"

Best Ensemble Performance
"Bernie"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Safety Not Guaranteed"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Your Sister's Sister"

Breakthrough Director
Antonio Méndez Esparza, "Aquí y Allá (Here and There)"
Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Brian M. Cassidey, Melanie Shatzky, "Francine"
Jason Corlund, Julia Halperin, "Now, Forager"
Zal Batmanglij, "Sound of My Voice"

Breakthrough Actor
Mike Birbiglia, "Sleepwalk with Me"
Emayatzy Corinealdi, "Middle of Nowhere"
Thure Lindhardt, "Keep the Lights On"
Melanie Lynskey, "Hello, I Must Be Going"
Quevenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
"Kid-Thing"
"An Oversimplification of Her Beauty"
"Red Flag"
"Sun Don't Shine"
"Tiger Tall in Blue"

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