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'Moonrise Kingdom' Claims Biggest Prize at 2012 Gotham Awards

November 27, 2012 (3:53 am) GMT
'Beasts of the Southern Wild' brings its helmer in winning the Breakthrough Director prize, while 'Artifact' delivers Jared Leto to win the Audience Choice Award.
'Moonrise Kingdom' Claims Biggest Prize at 2012 Gotham Awards

Kicking off the movie awards season, the 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards revealed its winners on Monday night, November 26. Claiming the biggest award of Best Feature was none other than Wes Anderson's highly-praised vintage drama "", which defeated such contenders as "", "", "" and "".

Meanwhile, Benh Zeitlin was awarded with Breakthrough Director prize thanks to his acclaimed work in "". "It feels like you're on the yellow brick road sometimes," Zeitlin said upon accepting his award.

's documentary "Artifact" about his band took home the Audience Choice Award. When receiving his prize, Leto gushed that he couldn't believe his film could beat "Beasts". He said, "I feel like Beasts of the Southern Wild should be up here. Don't hate me because I won, I love that other film too."

Another surprise that night was "" which won the Best Ensemble Performance gong. The film starring , and Mark Duplas knocked down fan-favorite "" and "Moonrise Kingdom".

Held in New York, the 2012 Gotham Awards ceremony was hosted by "" director and star Mike Birbiglia. The star-studded event also paid tribute to "Silver Linings Playbook" helmer David O. Russell, and "" actress .

Gotham Awards 2012 Winners:








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