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This year’s Gotham Film Awards brought out the best the world of cinema had to offer this year. With strong contenders like “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” Ava DuVernay’s “Middle of Nowhere” was still able to receive its just due. The star of the film, Emayatzy Corinealdi took home the Best Actor award at the 22nd annual ceremony.

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Up against the adorable Quvenzhané Wallis, the young starlet who won our hearts in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Corinealdi’s gut-wrenching performance as “Ruby” won over critics. As it should! Corinealdi shined as the dynamic wife of her imprisoned other half. She perfectly captured the torture in Ruby’s soul as she fought to keep her marriage together, while realizing that life just has to go on outside the prison’s bars. DuVernay’s film, “Middle of Nowhere” was nominated for Best Feature as well, but lost that title to “Moonrise Kingdom.”

Here’s the list of winners from the 22nd annual Gotham Awards:

  • Best Feature: “Moonrise Kingdom”
  • Gotham Independent Film Audience Award: “Artifact”
  • Best Ensemble Performance: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt and Mark Duplass, Your Sister’s Sister
  • Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
  • Best Actor: Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere”
  • Breakthrough Director: Behn Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • Best Documentary: “How to Survive a Plague”
  • Spotlight on Women Filmmakers “Live the Dream” Grant: Stacie Passon, Concussion
  • Bingham Ray Award: Behn Zeitlin

I’d like to congratulate Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ava DuVernay for their amazing win! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out “Middle of Nowhere” at a theater near you!

Check out this video of Emayatzy and Ava on “Middle Of Nowhere”

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