The Gotham Awards Winners Announced

BeginnersLast night, the 21st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards aired, celebrating 2011’s greatest achievements in the world of indie cinema.

BEST FEATURE

Winners:

Tree of Life (dir. Terrence Malick) / Beginners (dir. Mike Mills)

Nominees: The Descendants (dir. Alexander Payne), Meek’s Cutoff (dir. Kelly Reichardt), Take Shelter (dir. Jeff Nichols)

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR

Winner:

Felicity Jones (Like Crazy)

Nominees: Elizabeth Olson (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Harmony Santana (Gun Hill Road), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Jacob Wysocki (Terri)

BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR

Winner:

Dee Rees (Pariah)

Nominees: Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground), Evan Glodell (Bellflower)

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

Winner:

Beginners

Nominees: The Descendants, Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Take Shelter

AUDIENCE AWARD

Winner:

Girlfriend (dir. Justin Lerner)

Nominees: Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey (dir. Constance Marks), Buck (dir. Cindy Meehl), The First Grader (dir. Justin Chadwick), Wild Horse, Wild Ride (dir. Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus)

BEST DOCUMENATARY

Winner:

Better This World (dir. Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega)

Nominees: Bill Cunningham New York (dir. Richard Press), Hell and Back Again (dir. Danfung Dennis), The Interrupters (dir. Steve James), The Woodmans (dir. C. Scott Willis)

BEST FILM NOT PLAYING AT A THEATER NEAR YOU

Winner:

Scenes of a Crime (dir. Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock)

Nominees: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (dir. Madeleine Olnek), Green (dir. Sophia Takal), The Redemption of General Butt Naked (Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion), Without (dir. Mark Jackson)

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