"The Hurt Locker" has become a big winner at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. Nominated in three categories, the action drama movie took home two kudos. The film won Best Feature, beating out "Amreeka", "Big Fan", "The Maid", and "A Serious Man".
Additionally, the Iraq-set movie about an Army bomb squad written by Mark Boal grabbed Best Ensemble Performance award. This award was shared among the film's cast, Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse, and Evangeline Lilly, as well as casting director Mark Bennett.
Meanwhile, "Big Fan" which was also honored with three nominations was only able to aid its helmer Robert Siegel to win Breakthrough Director. Also taking the stage to receive an award that night was Catalina Saavedra, who was named Breakthrough Actor with her performance in "The Maid".
Other films that were also among the winners that night included "Food, Inc." and "You Won't Miss Me". The Robert Kenner-directed film that exposes the corporate food industry was hailed as Best Documentary, while Ry Russo-Young's movie about an out-of-control young woman in New York received the prize for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.
Hosted by comedian Kumail Nanjiani, 2009 Gotham Awards was held on Monday night, November 30 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. During the gala ceremony, director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Stanley Tucci and Natalie Portman, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner were presented with career tributes.
Winners List of 2009 Gotham Independent Film Awards:
* Best Feature: "The Hurt Locker"
* Best Documentary: "Food, Inc."
* Best Ensemble Performance: "The Hurt Locker"
* Breakthrough Director: Robert Siegel, "Big Fan"
* Breakthrough Actor: Catalina Saavedra, "The Maid"
* Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: "You Won't Miss Me"