The awards gala was hosted by "The Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. On the special event, actress Penelope Cruz, filmmakers Gus Van Sant and Melvin Van Peebles, and HBO documentary maven Sheila Nevins were honored with Tribute awards. Other celebrities at the event were Michelle Williams. Sean Penn, Evan Rachel Wood, Rachel Weisz, Mickey Rourke, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Clarkson, and Maria Tomei. Click here for more photos from the event.
Winners List of 2008 Gotham Independent Film Awards:
* Best Feature: "Frozen River"
* Best Documentary: "Trouble the Water"
* Best Ensemble Performance (Tied):
"Synecdoche, New York" - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis and Tom Noonan
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" - Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz
* Breakthrough Director: Lance Hammer, "Ballast"
* Breakthrough Actor: Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"
* Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: "Sita Sings the Blues" source