Gotham Independent Film Awards

The 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held last night in New York City and kicked off the awards season by honoring the year's best in independent film. The 2011 nominees list was rife with Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival supported films and filmmakers, including a Breakthrough Director category composed exclusively of 2011 Festival directors.

Additionally, 2011 Festival selections Meek’s Cutoff, Take Shelter, Hell and Back Again, and The Interrupters filled out the Best Feature and Best Documentary categories, while a pair of best-kept secrets from SFF 2011, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and The Redemption of General Butt Naked, competed in the quite literally titled Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You® category. Two of last year's more buzzworthy films, Being Elmo and Audience Award winner Buck vied - rightly so - for the Gotham Audience Award. Check out the winners below, and congratulations to all of this year’s nominees.

Best Feature

Beginners, directed by Mike Mills, and The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick

Best Documentary

Better this World, directed by Kelly Duane and Katie Galloway

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 and Grover Babcock

Audience Award

Girlfriend, directed by Justin Lerner

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