2011 Gotham Award Winners Announced

New York City was the place to be last night, as awards season kicked off in full swing at the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards.  The east coast based awards show has become one of the biggest precursors of the season with last year’s Best Feature winner “Winter’s Bone” scoring  four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

Hosted by Oliver Platt and Edie Falco, the show provided major surprises and game changers in the form of Dee Rees winning Breakthrough Director for her recently acquired indie drama Pariah, as well as Felicity Jones winning Breakthrough Actress, beating out favorites Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) for her performance alongside Anton Yelchin in Like Crazy.

Tributes for the evening included Oscar winner Charlize Theron,  David Cronenberg, Gary Oldman and Tom Rothman.

The biggest surprise of the night? Beginners and Tree of Life winning Best Feature in a tie vote.  Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, who led the feature jury, explained in a video that the jury simply couldn’t choose between the two.  As for The Descendants, a favorite among critics and audiences alike, the Alexander Payne film walked away empty-handed which means only one thing – look for it to clean up at the Independent Spirit Awards, whose nominations are expected this morning.

What does this mean for the future of awards season? It’s still too early to tell, but this definitely gives us something to talk about for the time being.

Check out the full list of winners down below:

Best Feature: TIE: The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick and Beginners, directed by Mike Mills
Best Documentary: Better This World, directed by Kelly Duane and Katie Galloway

Best Ensemble Performance: Beginners
Breakthrough Director: Dee Rees, Pariah
Breakthrough Actor: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: Scenes of a Crime, directed by Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock
Audience Choice Award: Girlfriend, directed by Justin Lerner




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