BEST FILM AWARD
Rust & Bone- Jacques Audiard
GRIERSON AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God- Alex Gibney
SUTHERLAND AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE
Beasts of the Southern Wild- Benh Zeitlin
BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER
Sally El Hosaini, My Brother, The Devil
BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIP AWARD
Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter
Jacques Audiard won the top prize at the London Film Festival, the first filmmaker to win twice-- he won the top prize for 2009's A Prophet as well (this is only the fourth year the venerable film festival has given a top prize.) His film, Rust & Bone, starring Marion Cotillard and Bullhead's Matthias Schoenarets debuted at Cannes earlier this year and is a gritty movie about the relationship between a Sea World-type whale trainer who is crippled from a tragic accident and a thug. Sony Pictures Classics is mounting an Oscar campaign around Cotillard who will be honored at this years Gotham Awards. Gibney is a documentarian vet in the Oscar running this year as well...he previously directed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
Frankenweenie opened the fest.