Awards season has begun: The Gotham Awards were handed out tonight to honor the best of the year in independent film. Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom landed the top award, Best Feature, a choice I won’t argue with. As far as recognizable names go, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Mark Duplass won Best Ensemble Performance for Your Sister’s Sister. Although Beasts of the Southern Wild must have been a strong contender for Best Feature, Benh Zeitlin had to settle for Breakthrough Director.
You better believe that the Gotham Awards go more obscure than Beasts, including an award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You. So hit the jump for the full list.
Yesterday, Sundance announced the line-ups for the in-competition categories. Today, we’re moving into the out-of-competition films and just because they’re not competing for an award, doesn’t mean they won’t be great. Sundance has announced their line-ups for the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=>, and New Frontier categories. There are a lot of exciting films in these categories, but I’m over the moon that Sundance will be getting The Raid. The movie got massive love coming out of TIFF this year, Sony Pictures Classics picked up the distribution rights, and I’m going to make sure there’s a spot for it in my Sundance schedule. Other noteworthy movies include Monsieur Lazhar, Wuthering Heights, and Black Rock (a horror film from The Freebie director Katie Aselton and her husband/Cyrus co-writer-director Mark Duplass).
Hit the jump for the line-ups. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.