Kathryn Bigelow's expertly told and thrillingly taut war drama The Hurt Locker took the top prize at the Gotham Awards tonight. Does this bode well for Oscar? No one can yet say but its loyal fanbase certainly can't hurt. Even if I didn't love the movie as much as I do, I'd be proud of it because I admire longevity when it comes to awardage and the movie has been out for months. In fact, it's now been a factor in two awards seasons (it had Indie Spirit nominations last year). Career tributes for actors Stanley Tucci and Natalie Portman, director Kathryn Bigelow and producers Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner were also part of the ceremony.
And the 6 winners were...
Best Feature The Hurt Locker
Best Documentary Food Inc.
Breakthrough Director Robert D. Siegel Big Fan
(Siegel broke out just last year as the screenwriter of The Wrestler)
<--- Breakthrough Actress Catalina Saavedra The Maid
Best Ensemble Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse and Evangeline Lilly in The Hurt Locker
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You You Won't Miss Me
I love the title of that last competitive prize but, snarkily, I can't help but add that the title applies to 90% of the movies that get made nowadays if you live anywhere but in a massive city.