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by Peter Knegt
November 30, 2010 2:55 AM
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"Winter's Bone" Leads 2010 Gotham Award Winners

Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone" led the 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, which were announced tonight at Cipriani Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. Though the film's star Jennifer Lawrence was snubbed in the breakthrough performance category (one of the night's biggest surprises), the film ended up winning both Best Feature and Best Ensemble performance.

In addition to the competition, this year's starry Gotham Awards, hosted by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci, offered tributes to Darren Aronofsky, Robert Duvall, James Schamus, and Hilary Swank, and welcomed Natalie Portman, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Julianna Marguiles, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Murray and Winona Ryder among its many presenters.

indieWIRE was on the scene, and has published all the winners below, as well as offering a play-by-play from the event here.

Best Feature
"Winter's Bone", directed Debra Granik, produced by Alix Madigan-Yorkin

Best Documentary
"The Oath", directed and produced by Laura Poitras

Best Ensemble Performance
"Winter's Bone", Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Lauren Sweetser, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin Breznahan

Breakthrough Director
Kevin Asch, "Holy Rollers"

"Littlerock" director Mike Ott with the film's star and co-writer Atsuko Okatsuka. Photo by Peter Knegt.

Breakthrough Actor
Ronald Bronstein, "Daddy Longlegs"

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
"Littlerock", directed by Mike Ott, produced by Frederick Thornton, Laura Ragsdale, Sierra Leoni

Festival Genius Audience Award
"Waiting For 'Superman'", directed by Davis Guggenheim, produced by Lesley Chilcott

Get the latest from awards season anytime in indieWIRE's special Awards Watch section.


  • Susan L. | November 30, 2010 7:55 AMReply

    Really happy that THE OATH was recognized as best documentary! What an achievement, a nuanced portrait of Bin-Laden's colleague, taking us deep into Yemen.

  • The Beez | November 30, 2010 6:03 AMReply

    How about DaviS Guggenheim, not David

  • Colin S | November 30, 2010 4:49 AMReply

    Happy for Winter's Bone and certainly feel deserving of accolades. Jennifer Lawrence carried the film with a pitch perfect performance and the ensemble on display in The Kids are All Right seemed to me at least more befitting of that particular recognition.

  • Barbara W | November 30, 2010 4:18 AMReply

    Not having seen all of the other performances there is no way to judge.

  • ryan | November 30, 2010 3:49 AMReply


  • Rackon | November 30, 2010 3:23 AMReply

    Glad to see the win for the wonderful Winter's Bone and its fine cast, but very surprised Jennifer Lawrence didn't nab the Breakthrough Performance prize - that was a breakthrough performance if I ever saw one!!

  • Rich S. | November 30, 2010 1:55 AMReply

    Would have been nice for The Kids Are Alright to take Best Ensemble. Truly, that and Winter's Bone were the great independent stories of the year.