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'Beginners,' 'Tree of Life' tie for top prize at Gotham Awards

The first salvo in the awards season was fired this evening, with Beginners and The Tree of Life tying for Best Feature at the 21st annual Gotham Independent Awards. Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones took home the prize for Breakthrough Actor, the cast of Beginners (including Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Mélanie Laurent) earned best Ensemble Performance, and Pariah helmer Dee Rees won Breakthrough Director. Fox chief Tom Rothman, director David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method), and actors Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and Charlize Theron (Young Adult) also received career tributes. Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Feature
The Tree of Life

Breakthrough Director
Dee Rees, Pariah

Breakthrough Actor
Felicity Jones, Like Crazy

Best Ensemble Performance

Best Documentary
Better This World

Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You
Scenes of a Crime

Audience Award

The Gotham Awards have been held by independent film organization IFP since 1991, although specific films weren’t recognized until 2004. Nominees for this years awards were chosen by small groups of film critics, festival programmers, and journalists. (Full disclosure: EW’s Dave Karger and Lisa Schwarzbaum were on nominating committees for the Best Ensemble Performance and Breakthrough Actor catgories, and Best Feature and Breakthrough Director, respectively.)

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