Gotham Independent Film Awards officially starts awards season

Charlize Theron honored at Gotham Independent Film AwardsBy Abigail Richards

The Gotham Independent Film Awards took place in New York City Monday night, officially kicking off awards season. The big winners of the night included the films "The Tree of Life" and "Beginners," which tied for Best Feature of the night, according to The Associated Press.

The ruling to honor both films was unprecedented, and jury member and actress Natalie Portman prerecorded a message, defending their choice, as they simply felt that they could not honor one without the other, according to the news source.

The presenters at the awards, which were hosted by Edie Falco and Oliver Platt, were some of the big names in the independent film industry – Stanley Tucci, Melissa Leo and actress Vera Farmiga, who was also nominated for Best Director.

Additional recognition awards went to Felicity Jones for Breakthrough Actor for her role in "Like Crazy," the cast of "Beginners" earned Ensemble Cast and "Scenes of a Crime" won the Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You, the media outlet reports.

According to the Daily Mail, actress Charlize Theron was also recognized at the awards ceremony, as she was given the Career Award honor.