“BEGINNERS” & “THE TREE OF LIFE” SPLIT TOP PRIZE AT GOTHAM AWARDS

At last night’s 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards Mike MillsBeginners and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life split the Best Feature prize, closing a night filled with shocking outcomes that included the films with the most nominations, The Descendants and Martha Marcy May Marlene, getting shut out.

Along with the eight awards handed out, see full list of winners below, there were also sightings by some of the most respected talents working today, including Tilda Swinton, Jim Jarmusch, Christopher Plummer and the co-hosts for the night Oliver Platt and Edie Falco.

In addition, career tribute awards were handed out to Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, Tom Rothman and David Cronenberg.

Read news, features and reviews on many of the winners and nominees at our dedicated Gothams Awards page.

2011 Gotham Award winners:

Best Feature: 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

Breakthrough Director: Dee Rees, Pariah

Breakthrough Actor: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy

Best Ensemble: Cast of Beginners — Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos

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

Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers Grant: Una Noche, directed by Lucy Mulloy