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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Director Mike Mills speaks onstage as Mary Page Keller, Kai Lennox and Christopher Plummer look on at the IFP's 21st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage for IFP) Mike Mills.

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Mike Mills Can’t Believe Beginners Won at the Gotham Awards, Either

Last night at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the jury (which included Natalie Portman and Nicole Kidman) stunned observers by handing the Best Feature award to the soulful Ewan McGregor–Christopher Plummer dramedy Beginners in a tie with Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, and no one was more surprised than Beginners director Mike Mills. "Really, just that Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman and ... who else was it? There was another person that saw the film — I’m still at the point where I’m, like, Oh my God, fucking Nicole Kidman saw my movie!" he laughed to us. "You know, uh, so I really wasn’t prepared for this. I was really happy to be nominated, I didn’t know how to ... I don’t understand this part of it, but it’s really, obviously, it’s great." How did the filmmaker (who is married to fellow director-artist Miranda July) intend to celebrate his win? "I’m going to call my wife. And hug her through the phone somehow," he said.

Photo: Jemal Countess/2011 WireImage