IFP's 24th Gotham Independent Film Awards - BackstageAs the Oscar race heats up, "Birdman" flew away with one big prize last night. Alejandro Iñárritu's film won the top prize at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, over nominees leader "Boyhood." The films are among the frontrunners in this year's awards season ("Boyhood" triumphed at the New York Film Critics Circle).

The surrealistic tale also netted a prize for star Michael Keaton, who plays a washed-up actor trying to make a comeback in a stage play. Upon accepting the award, Iñárritu joked, "I guess that this award will just help move forward the conversations that Michael Keaton and I are having with Marvel Studios to make 'Birdman 4.'"

The ceremony was hosted by Uma Thurman, and presenters included Meryl Streep, Jon Hamm, Scarlett Johansson, and Ethan Hawke. Here is the full winners list:

Best Feature: "Birdman"
Best Documentary: "CITIZENFOUR"
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award: "Boyhood"
Best Actor: Michael Keaton in "Birdman"
Best Actress: Julianne Moore in "Still Alice"
Breakthrough Actor: Tessa Thompson in "Dear White People"
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director: Ana Lily Amirpour for "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night"
Special Jury Award: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for their ensemble work in "Foxcatcher"
euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers "Live the Dream" Grant: Chloé Zhao, director, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me"