"Winter's Bone" Wins Top Honors at Gotham Awards

Jennifer Lawrence in the independent film "Winter's Bone." (Roadside Attractions)

NEW YORK (CBS) "Winter's Bone," Debra Granik's film about a 17-year-old girl searching to find her negligent father in rural Missouri, nabbed the Best Feature award  at Monday night's Gotham Independent Film Awards.

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The film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawke, bested four others for the top honors: Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," Derek Cianfrance's "Blue Valentine," Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" and "Let Me In" by Matt Reeves.

"Winter's Bone" also took home the award for Best Ensemble performance.

Other awards went to Laura Poitras' "The Oath" for Best Documentary, Kevin Asch, who won the Breakthrough Director category for his debut film, "Holy Rollers," and Ronald Bronstein, who was named Breakthrough Actor for his work in "Daddy Longlegs."

Davis Guggenheim's documentary about the nation's failing public-education system, "Waiting for Superman," garnered the Festival Genius Audience Award.

Hosted by actors Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, the event, which was held at Cipriani Wall Steet in New York, also paid special tribute to actors Robert Duvall, Hilary Swank, producer and screenwriter James Schamus and director Aronofsky.