Stars stepped out to honor the best in independent film at this year's Gotham Film Awards

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The stars come out at night!

Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, Frances McDormand, Jack Black, Willem Defoe and more stepped out to celebrate the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani downtown on Monday .

While Moonrise Kingdom took home the award for best feature film, Damon and Cotillard both received special career tributes during the ceremony – which honors the best in independent film.

Cotillard – who was “very smiley all evening and polite to diners around her,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE – sat with Too Big to Fail actor Billy Crudup. While Damon was joined by his wife, Luciana, and shared a front and center table with Blunt and Krasinski.

Guests enjoyed filet mignon with seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes during the event. Then, it was down the block for the after party at Andaz Wall Street where Stella Artois, Mionetto sparkling wine, Russian Standard Vodka and Fiji water flowed while guests indulged in the sweets bar, which was stocked with everything from fruit to cake pops.

During the after party, Girls actor Alex Karpovksy was seen chatting with actress Emayatzy Corinealdi, who won best breakthrough performance for her role in Middle of Nowhere earlier in the evening.

“She was overheard talking to him about how much she loves Girls,” the source adds. “Her phone was ringing incessantly with people congratulating her and Alex even said, ‘You’re a woman in demand. Get used to it.’ ”
– Kristin Boehm