martha marcy may marlene elizabeth olsen 'Martha Marcy May Marlene,' 'The Descendants' lead 2011 Gotham AwardsThe 2011 Gotham Independent Filmmaker Awards were announced Thursday (Oct. 20). “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “The Descendants” lead the way with three apiece. Notable individual nominations went to Elizabeth Olsen and Vera Farmiga.  The awards will be handed out Monday, Nov. 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Best Feature
“The Descendants”
“Meek’s Cutoff”
“Take Shelter”
“The Tree of Life”

Best Documentary
“Better This World”
“Hell and Back Again”
“The Interrupters”
“The Woodmans”

Best Ensemble Performance
“The Descendants”
“Margin Call”
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
“Take Shelter”

Breakthrough Director
Mike Cahill for “Another Earth”
Sean Durkin for “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Vera Farmiga for “Higher Ground”
Evan Glodell for “Bellflower”
Dee Rees for “Pariah”

Breakthrough Actor
Felicity Jones in “Like Crazy”
Elizabeth Olsen in “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Harmony Santana in “Gun Hill Road”
Shailene Woodley in “The Descendants”
Jacob Wysocki in “Terri”

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”

New this year, IFP is proud present the inaugural euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant, a $25,000 cash award for an alumnus of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs. This grant aims to further the careers of emerging women directors by supporting the completion, distribution and audience engagement strategies of their first feature film.

The nominees are:

Jenny Deller, director, “Future Weather”
Lucy Mulloy, director, “Una Noche”
Rola Nashef, director, “Detroit Unleaded”

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