Awards season got a kick-start Monday night in New York with the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Wes Anderson's latest film, "Moonrise Kingdom," took tops honors at the 22nd annual ceremony, winning Best Feature. The movie, which stars Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis, beat out Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," as well as "Bernie," "The Loneliest Planet" and "Middle of Nowhere."
Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt and Mark Duplass scored Best Ensemble for "Your Sister's Sister," topping the casts of "Silver Linings Playbook," "Safety Not Guaranteed," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Bernie."
Jared Leto's documentary, "Artifact," won the Audience Award. "I feel like 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' should be up here," Leto said while accepting the honor, reports The Wrap.
But "Beasts of the Southern Wild" did score a couple of honors. The breakthrough director award went to the film's director, Behn Zeitlin. He also took home the first-ever Bingham Ray Award.
David France's "How to Survive a Plague" won Best Documentary, and "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty" from Terence Nance received Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.
Several stars came out for the event, including Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard and Ethan Hawke.
List of winners from the 22nd annual Gotham Awards:
Best Feature: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award: "Artifact"
Best Ensemble Performance: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt and Mark Duplass, Your Sister's Sister
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty"
Breakthrough Actor: Emayatzy Corinealdi, "Middle of Nowhere"
Breakthrough Director: Behn Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Documentary: "How to Survive a Plague"
Spotlight on Women Filmmakers "Live the Dream" Grant: Stacie Passon, Concussion
Bingham Ray Award: Behn Zeitlin