‘Hurt Locker’ tops at Gothams

Posted by · 10:59 pm · November 30th, 2009

Jeremy Renner in The Hurt LockerI had a Q&A to moderate this evening, so forgive the lateness here (though these and the Indie Spirits, for my money, stopped being about true independent cinema long ago, so there was really no haste to begin with).

Anyway, predictably, “The Hurt Locker” came out on top at tonight’s Gotham Awards.  The film won Best Feature and Best Ensemble, though lead actor Jeremy Renner was upset in the breakthrough actor race by Catalina Saavedra in “The Maid.” I’ve got that screener around here somewhere.

Tomorrow the Indie Spirits announce their nominees, which, by the way, will not include “The Hurt Locker” because the film wasn’t eligible this year.  It was last year, when it received nods for Best Actor (Renner) and Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Mackie).  Looking for a leg up tomorrow are “Precious” and “Crazy Heart,” I’d say, though we can expect some surprises too, I guess (I hope).

Full list of Gotham Winners after the jump.

Best Feature
“The Hurt Locker”

Best Documentary
“Food, Inc.”

Breakthrough Director Award
Robert Siegel, “Big Fan”

Breakthrough Actor Award
Catalina Saavedra, “The Maid”

Best Ensemble Performance Award
“The Hurt Locker”

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
“You Won’t Miss Me”

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  • 1 11-30-2009 at 11:40 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Though I am happy at every (needed) precursor that The Hurt Locker can get its hands on, I hope this doesn’t snowball and give us another boring Slumdog sweep.

  • 2 12-01-2009 at 12:22 am

    Adam K. said...

    The Hurt Locker did not make nearly as much money as it would’ve needed in order to become a sleeper.

    I think it will end up winning best director and losing best pic to either Up in the Air or Precious.

  • 3 12-01-2009 at 12:23 am

    Adam K. said...

    OK, sleeper = sweeper. clearly.

  • 4 12-01-2009 at 12:36 am

    Adam K. said...

    Random predictions for globe wins:

    Drama: Up in the Air
    Comedy/Musical: Nine
    Actor, Drama: Jeff Bridges
    Actress, Drama: Gabourey Sidibe
    Actor, Comedy/Musical: Daniel Day-Lewis
    Actress, Comedy/Musical: Meryl Streep
    Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
    Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique
    Director: Rob Marshall, Nine
    Screenplay: Nick Hornby, An Education
    Song: “Cinema Italiano” (Nine)
    Score: Bright Star

  • 5 12-01-2009 at 1:14 am

    Michael said...

    Fantastic. I still remember doubting The Hurt Locker, but after seeing it in August, I was blown away. For me, it’s the best film of the year. Hopefully it’ll sweep.

  • 6 12-01-2009 at 2:10 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I hope so, too, Michael. Any of the big 3 (NBR, NYFCC, LAFCA) awarding it Best Pic this month would be just spectacular.

    One of the primary reasons I’m excited for the Spirit noms this year is to see “The Messenger” likely get the full recognition it won’t elsewhere. It’s a tough call between Feature and First Feature, but because it’s a more major film, I can see it getting a bump, a la “Frozen River” and “Half Nelson”.

    I don’t think Catalina Saavedra can be nominated here, can she? “The Maid” being foreign language and all….And does “The Last Station” qualify?

    The tricky part with these nominations is their inclusion of festival entries yet to be released. This means they *might* consider “Get Low” as eligible for this year, so we might see Robert Duvall snag a nod, as well as Aaron Schneider for Best First Screenplay. Should be interesting….I’ll just predict what I feel is likely from this year’s releases, so at least a portion should be accurate.

    Goodbye Solo
    The Messenger
    A Serious Man

    (500) Days of Summer
    Big Fan
    Cold Souls
    Crazy Heart
    A Single Man

    Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo)
    Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (A Serious Man)
    Lee Daniels (Precious)
    Oren Moverman (The Messenger)
    Lynn Shelton (Humpday)

    -Doubt it’ll be a 5/5 matchup. Kinda blanking out.

    Zooey Deschanel [(500) Days of Summer]
    Nisreen Faour (Amreeka)
    Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart)
    Michelle Monaghan (Trucker)
    Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)

    Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)*
    Hugh Dancy (Adam)*
    Colin Firth (A Single Man)*
    Ben Foster (The Messenger)*
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt [(500) Days of Summer]
    Hal Holbrook (That Evening Sun)
    Patton Oswalt (Big Fan)
    Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man)*

    *I think I’m predicting these five, although maybe JGL and PO over either/both HD and MS. Tricky category; difficult to foretell how they’ll sway.

    Hiam Abbass (Amreeka)
    Mo’Nique (Precious)
    Julianne Moore (A Single Man)
    Samantha Morton (The Messenger)
    Paula Patton (Precious)

    Alec Baldwin (Lymelife)
    Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
    Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man)
    David Strathairn (Cold Souls)
    Red West (Goodbye Solo)

    The Messenger
    A Serious Man

    (500) Days of Summer
    A Single Man
    That Evening Sun

    An Education
    The Maid
    Police, Adjective
    A Prophet

    A lot of these will be off, because I was spreading the potential noms around. I am hoping to be close though with most of the acting categories. With the Screenplay/Feature categories, it’s difficult to know for sure how it’ll sway. Oftentimes, a director will get a nod here but not the writer. Oy.

  • 7 12-01-2009 at 5:56 am

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    I guess I’m the only person around these parts who’s not head over heels for “The Hurt Locker”. It’s good, sure. But best of the year? No way.

  • 8 12-01-2009 at 6:30 am

    aspect ratio said...

    I watched some of it streaming online and Tucci gave a great speech for his lifetime honor. Very funny, down to earth kind of guy, much like Jeff Bridges. Not sure he’s going to be a contender to win, but if he does you know he’ll give a good speech.

    The Coen brothers also gave a very funny introduction to the lifetime honor for the Working Title guys. Such dry humor, so very Coen. They really are so much like the movies they make.

    Oh, and Kathryn Bigelow is a babe. She’s 58 and she looks better than pretty much any actress in Hollywood that age. I can’t even imagine how beautiful she must’ve been when she was in her 20s and 30s.

  • 9 12-01-2009 at 7:25 am

    aspect ratio said...


    Seems like today is when it’s really kicking off! FYC ads here on IC for Basterds, Nine, Precious, etc! Exciting!

  • 10 12-01-2009 at 7:44 am

    Joe said...

    Nicolas – I’m actually inclined to agree with you. After I saw “The Hurt Locker” the first time, I was blown away. The second time, I was surprised that it didn’t hold up so well. Perhaps it’s because it works so well as a suspense film the first time around, but subsequent viewings reveal that… not much actually happens.

  • 11 12-01-2009 at 8:18 am

    Speaking English said...

    No, you’re FAR from the only one. It’s a tremendously overrated, redundant, dear I even say boring film that’s easily trumped by at least ten films already this year.

  • 12 12-01-2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    Good! I’m happy I’m not alone. I was on the edge of my seat during each heart-pounding episode, but once it was over, I couldn’t help thinking, “This… is what all the fuss is about…?”

  • 13 12-01-2009 at 1:48 pm

    Me. said...

    I didn’t know about these awards.

    Congratulations to “The Hurt Locker”! It was a great, visionary war film. I’m also really really happy the Precious bitch didn’t win anything.

    Among the important awards, the Indepentent Spirit Awards just unveiled their nominations.
    Next stop: The National Board of Review.