2013 Gotham Awards: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘Fruitvale Station,’ ‘Short Term 12,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’; Lee Daniels Talks Racism: “I Became Very Angry At White People”

IFP's 23nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards - ShowThe Coen brothersInside Llewyn Davis won Best Feature tonight at the fourth annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards but lost some of the spotlight to presenter Lee Daniels, who made some eyebrow-raising remarks. Kicking off awards season in NYC, the trophy show propelled the CBS period folk music drama and Fruitvale Station, Dallas Buyers Club, and docu The Act of Killing toward the Oscars. The raucous audience at Cipriani Wall Street chattered so loudly during Daniels’ tribute speech his The Butler star Forest Whitaker that he tried to shush them with a few f-bombs. Gotham Awards 2013“Forest would like to hear all you talking through my speech, so shut the f*ck up,” admonished Daniels. He wasn’t the only presenter to complain onstage about the Gothams crowd, as Julie Delpy threatened to set herself on fire to get their attention while presenting another tribute, to Before Midnight helmer Richard Linklater.

Jared Leto GothamsBig wins went to Fruitvale Station, which nabbed Best Breakthrough Director and Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, respectively. Dallas Buyers Club star and Oscar hopeful Matthew McConaughey won the Gothams’ inaugural Best Actor award and accepted via iPhone through co-star Jared Leto with his signature “All right, all right, all right.” Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress honors, boosting the SXSW winner’s awards profile. Presenting Best Documentary, Morgan Spurlock took a shot at public television (“PBS: We pay more money than IFC”) before presenting the Gotham to Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar hopeful The Act of Killing.

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Host Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League) struggled with the ambivalent room early on with a roast of the indie scene: “To the people from L.A. or abroad, I hope you’re enjoying your tiny hotel room you had to pay for out of pocket because Magnolia or IFC wouldn’t pony up.” Riffing on the night’s nominees, he quipped, “A common theme in this year’s movies are the horrors we inflict upon one another – slavery, war, folk music… .” Unfortunately for Kroll, he was upstaged by New York Mayor Bloomberg. “Independent filmmakers and New York have a lot in common… We both want Harvey Weinstein to be nice to us.” Boosting local filmmaking versus runaway production to neighboring Canada while presenting the tribute to his Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver, Bloomberg joked, “For the record: the mayor of Toronto and the mayor of New York do not have a lot in common.” Read More »

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Gothams Give Tribute To Late ‘Sopranos’ Star James Gandolfini

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 7:11am PST
Mike Fleming

The upcoming Gotham Awards will include the posthumous presentation of a tribute to James Gandolfini, whose The Sopranos costar Steve Buscemi will do the honors on December 2 at Cipriani Wall Street. It is an honor previously … Read More »

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‘Fruitvale Station,’ ’12 Years A Slave’ On IFP Gotham Award Audience Award Short List

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 7:09am PST
Mike Fleming

The Independent Filmmaker Project set its top five nominees for the 4th annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. To be eligible, a U.S. film must have won an audience award at one of the top 50 U.S. or Canadian

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Gotham Awards To Fete NYC Film Czar Katherine Oliver

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT

The Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will receive this year’s Gotham Awards Industry Tribute. Katherine Oliver will be honored December 2 at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film … Read More »

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‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Wins IFP Gotham Award For Best Picture

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 7:27pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: The Wes Anderson-directed Moonrise Kingdom captured the Best Picture Award at the 22nd Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards. Tonight’s fete at Cipriani Wall Street is the first of many awards gatherings, with this one specifically dedicated to the celebration of the best of independent film. The awards were hosted by Mike Birbiglia, who was up for a Breakthrough Actor Award for Sleepwalk With Me. Hate to say it, but he seemed to sleepwalk through his opening monologue, though it’s kind of a Gotham Award tradition to see awkward openings of the show. Birbiglia did a word for word recitation of David O Russell’s fit of anger toward Lily Tomlin in the virally distributed clip caught on the set of the 2004 film I Heart Huckabees. Nobody laughed, and after The Fighter and now Silver Linings Playbook, didn’t Russell (who was among those being honored tonight for career achievement) deserve some new material?

IFP Award For Best Feature

WINNER: Moonrise Kingdom. The Wes Anderson-directed film won over the following nominees:

The Loneliest Planet
The Master
Middle Of Nowhere

IFP Best Documentary Award:

WINNER: How To Survive A Plague, the acclaimed AIDS activism docu written and directed by David France. Other nominees:

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
Room 237
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IFP Gothams Honor Careers Of Matt Damon, David O Russell And Participant’s Jeff Skoll

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 6:56am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING… Matt Damon, David O Russell and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll will be awarded career tribute honors at the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards. The trio will be feted on November 26 at Cipriani Wall Street along … Read More »

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IFP Gotham Awards Lands Host: Mike Birbiglia

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 2:36pm PDT
Mike Fleming

If Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had their hopes pinned to Mike Birbiglia as host, they’re going to be mighty disappointed. The IFP Gotham Awards got there first. Mike Birwhovula? Read on for the breathless announcement:

New York,

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