Natalie Portman Leaves Gotham Awards Empty-Handed

New York’s Gotham Awards are essentially the unofficial kick-off to award season and recognize independent films and this year crowned Winter’s Bone as the Best Feature, beating out Natalie Portman’s much hyped Black Swan.

Along with Black Swan, Winter’s Bone also bested Blue Valentine, The Kids Are All Right and the retooled-for-America vampire scarefest Let Me In.

The cast of the film, headed up by Jennifer Lawrence, was also honored for Best Ensemble Performance. So despite being a loser for the evening, Portman still looked beautiful…

She paid tribute to Darren Aronofsky, director of Black Swan, one of four of the evening’s recognitions. Anne Hathaway spoke on behalf of Brokeback Mountain producer James Schamus, thanking him for casting her in a non-princess role. Robert Duvall was honored by Get Low co-star Bill Murray and Hilary Swank was also recognized for her character work.

Leighton Meester, fully clothed, and Anthony Mackie presented the viewers’ choice Festival Genius Award to probable Oscar nominee Davis Guggenheim for his alarm-sounding education documentary Waiting for Superman.

Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci hosted Monday’s ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan.

Here’s the complete list of winners from the 2010 Gotham Awards:

Best Feature: Winter’s Bone
Ensemble Performance: Winter’s Bone
Breakthrough Actor: Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
Breatkthrough Director: Kevin Asch, Holy Rollers
Documentary: The Oath
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: Littlerock
Festival Genius Award: Waiting for Superman