The Gotham Awards focus on awarding low budget, independent cinema (with a seemingly higher financial threshold than the Independent Spirit Awards) as well as breakthrough actors and directors.
This is the first year that sees a tie for Best Feature - The Tree of Life and Beginners, which beat expected winner The Descendants.
Last year's winner, Winter's Bone, went on to contend for Best Picture at the Oscars, together with two other Gotham nominees; The Kids Are All Right & Black Swan, which bodes well for the position of independent cinema. This year, Tree of Life and Descendants are already Oscar contenders.
Winners via Gold Derby
The Tree of Life
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Felicity Jones - Like Crazy
Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Harmony Santana - Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants
Jacob Wysocki - Terri
Mike Cahill - Another Earth
Sean Durkin - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Vera Farmiga - Higher Ground
Evan Glodell - Bellflower
Dee Rees - Pariah
Better This World
Bill Cunningham, New York
Hell and Back Again
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
Scenes of a Crime