One of the first awards ceremonies of the season, “Beginners” and “The Tree of Life” took home the big independent awards. Felicity Jones takes home a much deserved breakthrough award and Dee Rees wins the directing award for “Pariah”.

Best Feature

  • Beginners(tie)
  • The Tree of Life(tie)

The Descendants
Meek’s Cutoff
Take Shelter

Best Ensemble Performance

  • Beginners

The Descendants
Margin Call
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Take Shelter

Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress

  • Felicity Jones – Like Crazy

Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Harmony Santana – Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
Jacob Wysocki – Terri

Best Breakthrough Director

  • Dee Rees – Pariah

Mike Cahill – Another Earth
Sean Durkin – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Vera Farmiga – Higher Ground
Evan Glodell – Bellflower

Best Documentary

  • Better This World

Bill Cunningham New York
Hell and Back Again
The Interrupters
The Woodmans

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

  • Scenes of a Crime

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
The Redemption of General Butt Naked

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