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"Beginners" and "The Tree of Life" Tie For Top Honors At The Gotham Awards

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 28, 2011 at 9:15PM

The 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards are currently underway in Lower Manhattan. Hosted by Edie Falco and Oliver Platt, the event acts as an official kick-off to the 2011-12 award season. 
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Brian Brooks Mike Mills and the cast of "Beginners"

The 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards are currently underway in Lower Manhattan. Hosted by Edie Falco and Oliver Platt, the event acts as an official kick-off to the 2011-12 award season. 

In general, the awards proved consistently unpredictable, right down to the tie for best feature between Mike Mills' "Beginners" and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life."

"Beginners" was the night's big winner, taking honors for best feature and best ensemble performance. Shut out completely were "The Descendants" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," which went into the night with the most nominations.

In addition to the competitive awards, Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman will each receive a career tribute.

A complete list of announced winners is below. Check back throughout the night for updates.

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


Photo by Brian Brooks. Dee Rees at the Gotham Awards.
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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