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Birdman “Has Something to Say”… Wins Top Prize at the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards

It may have taken one off the nose, but the competition just took one off the chin. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) claimed the Best Actor prize, and the Best Feature at the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards. Here are the winners & noms.

Best Feature
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Love Is Strange”
“Under the Skin”

Prediction: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Who Won: Boyhood
Who Should Have Won: “Under the Skin”

Best Actress
Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in “Beyond the Lights”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Scarlett Johansson in “Under the Skin”
Mia Wasikowska in “Tracks”

Prediction: Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Who Won: Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Who Should Have Won: Scarlett Johansson in “Under the Skin”

Best Actor
Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Oscar Isaac in “A Most Violent Year”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Miles Teller in “Whiplash”

Prediction: Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Who Won: Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Who Should Have Won: Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Best Documentary
“Actress”
“CITIZENFOUR”
“Life Itself”
“Manakamana”
“Point and Shoot”

Prediction: “CITIZENFOUR”
Who Won: “CITIZENFOUR”
Who Should Have Won: “Actress” or “Manakamana”

Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ Grant
Garrett Bradley, director, “Below Dreams”
Claire Carré, director, “Embers”
Chloé Zhao, director, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me”

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour for “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”
James Ward Byrkit for “Coherence”
Dan Gilroy for “Nightcrawler”
Eliza Hittman for “It Felt Like Love”
Justin Simien for “Dear White People”

Prediction: Ana Lily Amirpour for “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”
Who Won: Ana Lily Amirpour for “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”
Who Should Have Won: Eliza Hittman for “It Felt Like Love”

Breakthrough Actor
Riz Ahmed in “Nightcrawler”
Macon Blair in “Blue Ruin”
Ellar Coltrane in “Boyhood”
Joey King in “Wish I Was Here”
Jenny Slate in “Obvious Child”
Tessa Thompson in “Dear White People”

Prediction: Jenny Slate in “Obvious Child”
Who Won: Tessa Thompson in “Dear White People”
Who Should Have Won: Macon Blair in “Blue Ruin”

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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