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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BIRDMAN OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, bested BOYHOOD to win Best Feature at the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards held in New York City on Monday night.  The film also won Best Actor for Michael Keaton, who played a movie star trying to make a comeback on Broadway.  BOYHOOD directed by Richard Linklater did not leave empty handed, the film won the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award.  CITIZENFOUR, the Edward Snowden documentary, won the award for Best Documentary.

The complete list of Gotham Award winners:

Best Feature
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actress
Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Actor
Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Documentary
Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)

Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Kino Lorber)

Breakthrough Actor
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

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