Gotham Awards 2017: Glitzy Event–Red Carpet and All

The 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards are being handed out right now at the Cipriani Wall Street Hotel in New York.

The Gothams, now in its 27th year, used to only recognize small movies. But after adding more categories, including career tributes and TV and acting prizes, the ceremony now functions as the first official stop on the long awards season trail. This year’s dinner was as loopy as the Golden Globes — and longer. The entire event clocked at more than three hours.

Nicole Kidman, who received a career tribute by her pal Reese Witherspoon, told the audience to sit down after receiving a standing ovation. “These are the Independent Spirit Awards,” she beamed, as she identified the wrong awards show.

John Cameron Mitchell emceed the dinner with a quasi-political monologue that tanked in the room, met with almost no laughter or applause. “It’s a weird time,” said the director of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” “So we hashtag ‘resist’ because we’re panicking and we want to do the right thing.”

With his multiple trips to the stage, Peele proved that his horror drama “Get Out” will be a formidable awards season player. “When I started to write this film I set out to make a movie that would be my favorite movie that I had never seen,” Peele said. “I didn’t know it would actually ever get made.”

He added: “It’s so important that we support these voices from the outside, these perspectives we haven’t seen, we haven’t heard. They will resonate. We need these stories.”

Chalamet, 21, received the breakthrough actor award for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” “A big and tall thank you to my dance partner Armie Hammer for being so goddamn talented,” Chalamet said about his onscreen co-star.

Al Gore: Career tribute winner

Al Gore, a career tribute winner and the producer of the documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel,” took a moment in his speech to give a shout out to “my Nashville peeps” of Kidman and Witherspoon. “‘Big Little Lies’ was awesome,” said the former vice president, offering a ringing endorsement that seemed to come out of left field.

James Franco: Best Actor

Franco was named best actor for “The Disaster Artist.” His gonzo, off the wall performance as Tommy Wiseau, the actor-director of the cult 2003 independent movie “The Room,” is now a likely award season contender.

“I thought this movie was about making the best worst movie ever made,” Franco said. “But it’s actually about every artist with a dream.”

Saoirse Ronan: Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan earned best actress for playing a high school senior in “Lady Bird.” “It’s very heavy,” she said, as she picked up her trophy.

She dedicated her prize to “the two women who mean so much to me,” as she nodded to her mother and her director Greta Gerwig.

Best Feature Nominees

Jordan Peele’s racially-themed horror film, Get Out, leads with four nominations, followed by Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed directorial debut Lady Bird and Kogonada’s Columbus, which have three nominations each.

Other multiple nominees include Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, Good Time and I, Tonya, all of which are up for best feature.

Mudbound

Dee Rees’ Mudbound scored two nods, including a special jury award for ensemble performance, which will be given to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan and Jonathan Banks.

Audience Award

The audience award, voted on by the IFP rank-and-file members, out of the longer list of the films nominated for best feature, best docu, and breakthrough director.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name (winner)

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics).

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