The Gotham Independent Film Awards, presented in New York City by the IFP, honors the best independent films of the year. While the Film Independent Spirit Awards has become the larger event and a better indicator of independent Oscar contenders (and takes place in Santa Monica the day before the Oscars), the Gothams have honored some truly worthy films in recent years.
Here’s the complete list of their year’s best:
Best Feature: TIE “Beginners” (Ewan McGregor & Christopher Plummer, directed by Mike Mills) and “Tree of Life” (Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, directed by Terrence Malick)
Best Ensemble Performance: “Beginners” (Ewan McGregor & Christopher Plummer)
Breakthrough Director: Dee Rees (for “Pariah”)
Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones (for “Like Crazy”)
Best Documentary: “Better This World” directed by Kelly Duane and Katie Galloway
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
“The Descendants” (George Clooney, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer) and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy), each with three nominations, came away empty-handed.