Inside Llewyn Davis upset 12 Years a Slave and was named Best Feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday night. The honor gives a boost to the Coen brothers’ folk-music movie, though the Gotham Awards aren’t typically an Oscar bellwether due to its specific focus on independent film. (Last year, Moonrise Kingdom won the top prize.)
In the acting categories, however, Matthew McConaughey won for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, edging out a field that included Oscar contenders Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Redford. Similarly, Short Term 12’s Brie Larson was named Best Actress over Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett, who is considered at least a lock for an Oscar nomination.
The night’s biggest winner was Fruitvale Station, the Sundance darling about the last 24 hours in the life of Bay Area man Oscar Grant. Director Ryan Coogler was awarded the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and Michael B. Jordan was named Breakthrough Actor.
The Best Documentary prize was given to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, and the Audience Award went to Tadashi Nakamura’s Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.
Forest Whitaker, star of Lee Daniels’ The Butler and a producer on Fruitvale Station, was given a lifetime achievement award, and Steve Buscemi presented a posthumous tribute to James Gandolfini.