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Oscar Prospects for ‘Winter’s Bone’ Heat Up With Gotham Awards Best Feature Win

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today the winners at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony in New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street.

The acclaimed indie drama Winter’s Bone which was nominated for a total of four awards, was the big winner taking home the Best Film and Best Ensemble prizes. This further proves why Debra Granik’s thriller has a good chance of snagging of one next year’s 10 Best Picture Oscar nomination slots.

Winter’s Bone follows an unflinching Ozark Mountain girl who hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. The film was an official selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Dramatic Competition, was the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize. I recommend you take a listen to our review of Winter’s Bone from episode #212 of Sound On Sight Radio.

Here is a list of the winners:

Best Film: Winter’s Bone
Best Documentary: The Oath
Best Ensemble: Winter’s Bone
Best Breakthrough Performance: Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
Best Breakthrough Director: Kevin Asch, Holy Rollers
Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You: Littlerock
Festival Genius Audience Award: Waiting for “Superman”