Honoring independent films, the Gotham Awards are the first major awards of the film awards season. This year, the 2014 edition kicks off the 2014-15 season. The Gotham Awards ceremony was held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street.
The 2014/24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Award winners are:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Kino Lorber)
Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
* The 2014 Best Actor nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for their ensemble performance in Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics).
Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ Grant:
For the fourth 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.
WINNER: Chloé Zhao, director, Songs My Brothers Taught Me
The nominees are:
Garrett Bradley, director, Below Dreams
Claire Carré, director, Embers
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award: Boyhood
New this year, IFP members had a voice in determining the 5th Annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award with nominees comprised of the 15 nominated films in the Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award categories. All IFP current, active members at the Individual Level and above will be eligible to vote. Voting took place online from November 19th at 12:01 AM EST and concluded on November 26th at 5:00 PM EST. The winner of the Audience Award was announced at the Gotham Awards Ceremony on December 1, 2014.