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Award season kicked off Monday with the Coen brothers "Inside Llewyn Davis" coming out on top at the annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. Since its inception in 1991, the awards have honored many Oscar-nominated films, including the 2008 winner for best Picture, "The Hurt Locker".


The Coen brothers' folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" wins for Best Feature Film. Cast members Oscar Isaac, F. Murray Abraham and Max Casella walk the star-studded red carpet before the event. Isaac speaks of his fortune in landing the plum role.


"It changed my life. I mean I still have trouble even letting it sink in as a reality, it was one of the most incredible calls I’ve ever gotten," Isaac said.


Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham also appears in the film. Between sips of red wine, the actor says he’s impressed by the evenings nominees: "My thoughts are simply that I’m hoping this will infect the major studios and the idea of hiring people who really know how to make movies."


But it’s the tribute awards that highlight the evening. This year they go to the late James Gandolfini, Richard Linklater and Forest Whitaker.


Whitaker puts the accolade into perspective: "It means a great deal to me. When they sent me the reel of the cut that they put together of my work from the different films and you kind of start to forget the roles that you've done and the journeys you’ve been on with different people. It’s a great reminder and encouragement for me to try and do better work, to try and do greater work, to continue on this journey that I’ve been going on for decades now."


Director Richard Linklater strolls the red carpet with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the stars of his latest film "Before Midnight", which receives a nomination at the Gothams.


The Gotham Independent Film Awards are presented by the Independent Feature Project, the largest organization in the United States committed to independent film.



    Editor:Cherry | Source: Agencies

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