Matt noted that Awards Season begins with the 2014 Gotham Awards: the winners were announced tonight. Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) took home Best Feature. Birdman lead Michael Keaton earned Best Actor and parlayed the award name into a Batman joke in his thank you speech: “I want to thank the folks of Gotham. It’s good to be home.”
Julianne Moore won Best Actress for the tearjerker Still Alice. The Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour won Best Documentary. Hit the jump for the full list of Gotham Award winners.
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)
Citizenfour – 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)