‘Birdman’ wins 2 top Gotham Awards — Will it soar at Oscars next?

Birdman” swept up two top Gotham Awards — Best Picture and Actor (Michael Keaton) — at the ceremony honoring indie films held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on Monday night.

Considering that the movie and its star are ranked high by our Experts predicting the Academy Awards, it’s interesting that another Oscars fave, Julianne Moore, won Best Actress for “Still Alice.” Does this mean “Birdman,” Keaton and Moore are ahead to nail the equivalent Oscar categories?

Not necessarily so. Last year “Inside Llewyn Davis” won Best Picture at the Gothams over a nominee that was Oscar’s eventual choice, “12 Years a Slave,” and the indie honor for Best Actress went to Brie Larson (“Short Term 12”) over academy choice Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”). However, both kudos agreed on Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers’ Club”).

In the eight years that the Gothams have hailed a Best Picture, they agreed with the Oscars only once: “The Hurt Locker” (2009). Many other winners weren’t even nominated for the academy’s top prize, including “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Beginners,” “Frozen River and “Into the Wild.” However, the Gothams have chosen a few films nominated by Oscar voters for Best Picture like “Capote” and “Winter’s Bone.”

Below: this year’s list of nominees and winners.

Best Picture
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” – WINNER
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Love is Strange”
“Under the Skin”

Best Actor
Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) – WINNER
Bill Hader (“The Skeleton Twins”)
Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”)
Oscar Isaac (“A Most Violent Year”)
Miles Teller (“Whiplash”)

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

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

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

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

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

Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
“Boyhood” – WINNER
“Actress”
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
“CITIZENFOUR”
“Coherence”
“Dear White People”
“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“It Felt Like Love”
“Life Itself”
“Love is Strange”
“Manakamana”
“Nightcrawler”
“Point and Shoot”
“Under the Skin”

Special Jury Award
Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

Tributes
Bennett Miller
Tilda Swinton

 

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