And we're off! The 2013 Oscar Race has officially begun. The Gotham Independent Film Awards, the first of the season's film critics awards, just wrapped in New York City, and Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" took the prize for Best Feature.
Unfortunately, that's where the fun begins, and ends, because the Gothams don't give out individual acting awards, only a trophy for Best Ensemble Cast. That's sort of like giving trophies to all the kiddie soccer teams who show up, even the ones who lose, but nonetheless, the Gotham Ensemble Cast Award is the only acting award we've got for a couple of weeks, so we'll just have to live with it. The Ensemble Award went to the cast of "Your Sister's Sister", a film which you've probably never heard of, with cast members you're only slightly more familiar with.
(mark duplasse, emily blunt and rosemarie dewitt in "your sister's sister")
"Your Sister's Sister" stars Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosemarie DeWitt, who we hope are thrilled to hoist the Gotham trophy, because they're almost guaranteed not to receive Oscar nominations.
Two years ago the Gothams gave it's top prize to a small film called "Winter's Bone", which gave that little hillbilly saga the street cred it needed to eventually snag an Oscar nomination. In a few weeks, we'll see if Gotham's magic fairy dust will also work for "Moonrise Kingdom".