Not to be confused with any awards ceremonies held in Batman’s hometown, the annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held today in New York. The awards are hosted by the Independent Feature Project, a nonprofit organisation founded in 1979 that supports independent filmmaking.
The 21st Annual Gotham Awards saw Mike Mills’ Beginners and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life controversially tie for first place in Best Picture, with the former also taking out the award for Best Ensemble Performance for the cast, which include Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent.
The Descendants, from Sideways director Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney, was nominated for three awards but won none. It is hotly tipped for an acting nomination at the larger awards for Clooney.
UK actress Felicity Jones took out Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress for Like Crazy, Dee Rees grabbed Breakthrough Director for Pariah. Best Documentary went to Better This World, and Scenes of a Crime was named Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.
A full list of winners and nominees is below.
Best Ensemble Performance
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress
Felicity Jones – Like Crazy (Winner)
Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Harmony Santana – Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
Jacob Wysocki – Terri
Best Breakthrough Director
Dee Rees – Pariah (Winner)
Mike Cahill – Another Earth
Sean Durkin – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Vera Farmiga – Higher Ground
Evan Glodell – Bellflower
Better This World (Winner)
Bill Cunningham New York
Hell and Back Again
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Scenes of a Crime (Winner)
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
The Redemption of General Butt Naked