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Last night's IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards were full of surprises, as well as some entertaining zings from various presenters, like Lee Daniels and Julie Delpy.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" snagged the Best Feature prize, and although Joel and Ethan Coen are a force to be reckoned with, it was certainly a surprise for those who had their money on "12 Years a Slave." (The other noms were "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," "Before Midnight," and "Upstream Color.")
From there, "Fruitvale Station" took over the night. Director Ryan Coogler took home the Breakthrough Director award, and Michael B. Jordan was presented with the Breakthrough Actor prize, beating out Dale DeHaan in "Kill Your Darlings," Kathryn Hahn in "Afternoon Delight," Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years a Slave," and Robin Weigert in "Concussion."
Another upset was in the Best Actress category. Brie Larson won for her outstanding work in "Short Term 12," beating out Oscar fave Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine." The other nominees were Scarlett Johansson in "Don Jon," Amy Seimetz in "Upstream Color," and Shailene Woodley in "The Spectacular Now."
The Best Actor lineup was impressive, but Matthew McConaughey's performance in "Dallas Buyers Club" took the prize over Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Robert Redford ("All is Lost"), Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), and Isaiah Washington ("Blue Caprice").
Meanwhile, Drafthouse Films' "The Act of Killing" was presented with the award for Best Documentary. Joshua Oppenheimer's strange and disturbing doc about Indonesian war criminals who are obsessed with Hollywood movies definitely made an impression on judges.
Click here for the full list of winners.