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on Nov 30, 2006

The Gotham Awards were handed out Wednesday night in a ceremony at the Chelsea Piers. The big winner was Half Nelson, which took the Best Feature, Breakthrough Director (for Ryan Fleck, pictured at left with producer and co-write Anna Boden) and Breakthrough Actor (Shareeka Epps, an award split with Babel‘s Rinko Kinkuchi). Steve Barron’s Choking Man won the “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Award,” sponsored by Filmmaker and MOMA. D.p. Ellen Kuras was awarded a tribute for her work shooting innumerable great independent films, and other Gothams went to Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, Kate Winslet, Ed Norton, Tim Robbins, and the three Mexican directors Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Here are the winners:

Best Feature:
Half Nelson, Ryan Fleck, director; Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg, producers (ThinkFilm)

Best Documentary:
Iraq in Fragments, James Longley, director; James Longley, John Sinno, producers (Typecast Releasing in association with HBO Documentary Films)

Breakthrough Director Award:
Ryan Fleck for Half Nelson (ThinkFilm)
Breakthrough Actor Award:
Shareeka Epps in Half Nelson (ThinkFilm)
Rinko Kikuchi in Babel (Paramount Vantage)

Best Ensemble Cast Award:
Babel, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Said Tarchani, Boubker Ait El Caid (Paramount Vantage)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Award:
Choking Man, Steve Barron, director; Joshua Zeman, Zachary Mortensen, producers

Gotham Awards Tribute: Kate Winslet
Gotham Awards Tribute: Edward Norton
Gotham Awards Tribute: Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban
Gotham Awards Tribute: Ellen Kuras
Gotham Awards Filmmakers Tribute: Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Gotham Awards Humanitarian Tribute: Tim Robbins

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