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Beginners, Tree Of Life tie for 2011 Gotham best film prize

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) unveiled its Gotham Independent Film Awards recipients in New York last night (Nov 28).

The nominees in each category are listed below, with the winners in bold as they were announced at the ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street.

Best feature
A tie between Beginners and The Tree Of Life
Other nominees: The Descendants; Meek’s Cutoff; and Take Shelter.

Best documentary
Better This World
Other nominees: Bill Cunningham New York; Hell And Back Again; The Interrupters; and The Woodmans

Best ensemble performance
Beginners (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos).
Other nominees: The Descendants; Margin Call; Martha Marcy May Marlene; and Take Shelter.

Breakthrough director
Dee Rees, Pariah
Other nominees: Mike Cahill, Another Earth; Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene; Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground; and Evan Glodell, Bellflower.

Breakthrough actor
Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Other nominees: Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene; Harmony Santana, Gun Hill Road; Shailene Woodley, The Descendants; and Jacob Wysocki, Terri.

Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You
Scenes Of A Crime
Other nominees: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same; Green; The Redemption Of General Butt Naked; and Without.

Gotham Independent FIlm Audience Award presented by Heineken USA
Girlfriend.

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As previously announced, Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Fox co-head Tom Rothman each received a career tribute award.

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