'Fruitvale Station' nabs directing award for Ryan Coogler and Breakthrough Actor award for Michael B. Jordan, while Matthew McConaughey and Brie Larson win other acting nods.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is this year's best indie film, according to the Independent Feature Project (IFP). The movie was dubbed Best Feature at the organization's 4th annual Gotham Awards held Monday, December 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan.
Bagging the most nods was "Fruitvale Station" which won 2, Breakthrough Actor for Michael B. Jordan and Breaktrough Director for Ryan Coogler. The show also presented the first ever Best Actor and Actress awards, which went to Matthew McConaughey of "Dallas Buyers Club" and Brie Larson of "Short Term 12".
McConaughey's "Dallas Buyers Club" co-star Jared Leto accepted the award on his behalf. "Matthew happens to be one of the few actors working today," he said. McConaughey tried to say something through Leto's cell phone, but the 30 Seconds to Mars' frontman had to cut it short because McConaughey sounded garbled.
Larson, who beat Cate Blanchett among others for the award, said in her acceptance speech, "I was not expecting this." She thanked some people, including her stepdad "for floating me money when I couldn't pay the rent."
James Gandolfini was honored at the event with Steve Buscemi delivering an emotional tribute to the late actor. "I cherished working with him and I'll miss him forever," he said of his "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" co-star. "Tony Soprano didn't come easy to him. He couldn't turn it on and off, and he sometimes resisted going to the places he needed to go."
Lee Daniels, meanwhile, launched an expletive when he tried to calm the noisy crowd as he paid tribute to Forest Whitaker. "The Butler" director told the audience, "Forest would like to hear all you talking through my speech, so shut the f**k up."
- Best Feature: "Inside Llewyn Davis"
- Best Actress: Brie Larson - "Short Term 12"
- Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey - "Dallas Buyers Club"
- Bingham Ray Breaktrough Director: Ryan Coogler - "Fruitvale Station"
- Breakthrough Actor: Michael B. Jordan - "Fruitvale Station"
- Best Documentary: "The Act of Killing"
- Audience Award: Jake Shimabukuro: "Life on Four Strings"
- Euphoria CK Spotlight on Women Filmmakers Live the Dream Grant: "Beneath the Harvest Sky" (Gita Pullapilly, director)