Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Kevin Asch was a bit of a surprise winner of the Breakthrough Director award for Holy Rollers. Many had felt Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) was the favourite. The Best Documentary prize went to the excellent Laura Poitras film The Oath, while the controversial documentary Waiting For ‘Superman’ by Davis Guggenheim took the Festival Genius award which was decided by online voting. Mike Ott's Littlerock was the winner of Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.
The evening was hosted by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci. Anne Hathaway (who will co-host the Oscars with James Franco) presented Focus Features CEO James Schamus with an honourary award. Schamus joked about the magic of cinema using a prostitution-vs.-pornography analogy: "by putting a camera in a room, you turn something completely illegal into something legal." Tribute awards were also given throughout the evening to Hilary Swank, Darren Aronofsky and finally Robert Duvall.
The list of nominees is available here.
Complete list of 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards winners
The Oath, directed by Laura Poitras
Best Ensemble Performance
Kevin Asch, Holy Rollers
Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Littlerock, directed by Mike Ott
Festival Genius Audience Award
Waiting For ‘Superman’, directed by Davis Guggenheim
Darren Aronofsky, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall, and James Schamus.