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19th Annual Gotham Awards Honor Best in Independent Film

December 1, 2009 - The 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards got the awards season off to a start by bestowing honors on a select group of independent films and performances.

The Gotham Awards, presented by IFP, provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. Hosted by Kumail Nanjiani, the ceremony took place on November 30 at Cipiriani Wall Street in New York City.

Among this year’s winners are:

Best Feature: The Hurt Locker

Best Documentary: Food, Inc.

Best Director: Robert Siegel

Breakthrough Actor: Catalina Saavedra

Best Ensemble Performance: The Hurt Locker

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: You Wont Miss Me

The Gotham Awards also acknowledged producers Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner (The Interpreter, Burn After Reading), director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), actress Natalie Portman (New York, I Love You), and actor Stanley Tucci (Julie and Julia, The Devil Wears Prada) as part of the 2009 Gotham Tributes.

IFP is the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers. Since its origin, IFP has supported the production of 7,000 films and provided resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers. Currently, IFP represents a network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world.

For information about the 2009 Gotham Awards, please visit http://gotham.ifp.org.

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