The Gotham Independent Film Awards have an indie perspective and a very NYC address (it doesn't get much more Manhattan than Cipriani Wall Street), but make no mistake: they are the first important awards show of the season, and their impact will be felt at major Hollywood ceremonies over the next few months.
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson's witty film about preteen romance, won Best Feature. The award's jury included Meg Ryan and Willem Dafoe, who presented the award to first-time actors Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. "He is so kind and fun and very specific and exacting," the preternaturally poised, 14-year-old Hayward said about working with Anderson. "He comes to set with every detail worked out already."
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