NEW YORK -- The Gotham Awards handed their best feature award to a surprise contender Monday: the
Brie Larson took best actress honors for her role as a troubled foster-care worker in the indie breakout "Short Term 12." The actress acknowledged an awards speech was a rarity for her and said she would take full advantage with a comprehensive list of thank-yous (which she proceeded to do).
Audience Award honors went to "Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings," Tadashi Nakamura's music-themed documentary, while the best doc prize was taken by Joshua Oppenheimer's
Though the Gothams, a counterpoint of sorts to Los Angeles' Independent Spirit Awards, aren't considered a major precursor of Oscar attention, wins here can help put a film on the awards map, particularly for longer shots such as "Llewyn Davis." The film's star,
Also at the ceremony,
And in the most touching moment of the night,
He added, "I can't imagine any actor out there who could make us care about someone who inflicted so much pain on everyone around him."
The Gotham Awards are sponsored by the Independent Filmmaker Project.