Gotham Independent Film Awards 2012

November 27th, 2012 - Graham Eley

Two early award season favourites, ‘The Master’ (Paul Thomas Anderson) and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (David O. Russell), both left the Gotham Independent Film Awards empty handed.  Wes Anderson’s popular Cannes opener, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, claimed the top prize and festival hit, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ saw Benh Zeitlin take best new director.  The audience award went to ‘Artifact’, the directorial debut feature from the musician-turned-actor, Jared Leto.




Best Feature


Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson


Bernie – Richard Linklater

The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev

The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson

Middle of Nowhere – Ava DuVernay



Best Ensemble Performance


Your Sister’s Sister



Moonrise Kingdom

Safety Not Guaranteed

Silver Linings Playbook



Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress


Emayatzy Corinealdi – Middle of Nowhere


Mike Birbiglia – Sleepwalk with Me

Thure Lindhardt – Keep the Lights On

Melanie Lynskey – Hello I Must Be Going

Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild



Best Breakthrough Director


Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild


Zal Batmanglij – Sound of My Voice

Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky – Francine

Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin – Now, Forager

Antonio Méndez Esparza – Aquí y Allá



Best Documentary


How to Survive a Plague – David France


Detropia – Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present – Matthew Akers

Room 237 – Rodney Ascher

The Waiting Room – Peter Nicks



Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You


An Oversimplification of Her Beauty



Red Flag

Sun Don’t Shine

Tiger Tail in Blue



Audience Award




Beasts of the Southern Wild


Once in a Lullaby: PS 22 Chorus Story

The Invisible War



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