With Gotham Award win, is 'Winter's Bone' guaranteed a Best Picture slot?
The parade of 2010 movie awards and nominations officially got underway last night with the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the annual New York ceremony that honors a handful of indie movies and filmmakers.
The big winner last night? "Winter's Bone," the story of a determined teen searching for her father against the bleak backdrop of the Ozarks, won the award for Best Feature, beating out more high-profile (at least in terms of star wattage) nominees "Black Swan," "The Kids Are All Right," "Blue Valentine" and "Let Me In." The cast also won in the Best Ensemble category, although young star Jennifer Lawrence lost the Breakthrough Actor award to Ronald Bronstein of "Daddy Longlegs."
So what does this mean? In keeping with the extreme speculation that surrounds most things that happen during awards season, it either means: a. absolutely nothing; b. that "Winter's Bone" is now a lock for an Oscar nomination for Best Picture; or c. that "Winter's Bone" deserves the honor but isn't necessarily guaranteed an Oscar nod just because it won a Gotham Award.
In case you didn't guess, c. is the right answer here. That being said, it would be wise to expect more attention on "Winter's Bone" when the nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards are announced later this morning. (We'll post a live stream of the nominations right here in Celebritology.) Nods for Best Feature and actors Lawrence and John Hawkes, at the least, seem pretty likely.
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