Last night, awards season — or at least the first week of it — kicked off with the 27th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, held at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street with John Cameron Mitchell as host.
Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name and Jordan Peele’s Get Outx were the two big winners, the former taking Best Feature and Breakthrough Actor for its 21-year-old star Timothée Chalamet, while the latter earning three honors, including the Audience Award.
Jordan Peele also received the Gothams for his screenplay and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award for Get Out being his directorial debut.
While the Gothams never pretend to be the foolproof Oscar precursors some might hope, the awards for Call Me By Your Name and Get Out will give them a strong push to at least get Oscar Best Picture nominations. Previous Gotham Best Features that went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars include last year’s Moonlight, as well as the two previous Best Picture winners Spotlight and Birdman.
The Gotham’s acting awards went to James Franco for The Disaster Artist and Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird (both from A24), which should help solidify their paths to Oscar night. Dee Rees’ Mudbound received a special Gotham Jury Award for its ensemble cast of Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan and Jonathan Banks. It’s receiving the similar Robert Altman award from the Film Independent Spirits in March.
Others honored with career tributes at the celebration included Nicole Kidman, Vice President Al Gore, Get Out producer Jason Blum, Sofia Coppola, Dustin Hoffman and cinematographer Ed Lachman.
Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Strong Island (Netflix)
James Franco in The Disaster Artist (A24)
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird (A24)
Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Atlanta (FX Networks)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Jordan Peele for Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Breakthrough Series – Short Form
The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (YouTube)
Get Out, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)
Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor