winners//GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS


The awards season officially kicked off last night with the 2011 Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City. These awards, while a little different than most awards ceremonies, can be a good indicator of what some of the names and films that will be honored in February at the Academy Awards. 
The Gotham Independent Awards are voted on by a jury each year. This year the jury couldn't decide between two of the nominees so they elected to honor both The Tree of Life (which won the Palm d'Or at Cannes earlier this year) and Beginners with a tie for Best Film.
Here's a look at the complete list of winners:

Best Film
BEGINNERS (tie)
THE TREE OF LIFE (tie)

Breakthrough Actor
Felicity Jones, LIKE CRAZY

Breakthrough Director
Dee Rees, PARIAH

Best Ensemble Cast
The Cast of BEGINNERS

Best Film Not Playing At a Theatre Near You
SCENES OF A CRIME

Audience Award
GIRLFRIEND

Best Documentary
BETTER THIS WORLD


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