Hilary Swank Pictures: Gotham Independent Film Awards 2010 Red Carpet Photos and Pics

Hilary Swank Pictures: Hilary Swank attends IFP's 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 29, 2010 in New York City.

As the first major awards of the film season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. Previous winners for Best Feature and Best Documentary include "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "Food, Inc" (2009), "Frozen River" (2008), "Trouble the Water" (2008), "Into the Wild" (2007), "Sicko" (2007), "Half Nelson" (2006), "Capote" (2005), "Murderball" (2005) and "Sideways" (2004). The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting its Breakthrough Actor recipients prominently into national awards season attention, including recent winners and ultimate Oscar contenders: Melissa Leo (2008), Ellen Page (2007), Rinko Kikuchi (2006), Amy Adams (2005) and Catalina Sandindo Moreno (2004).

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