AceShowbiz - The 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards kicked off on Monday night, November 27 in downtown Manhattan, New York City with %cJohn Cameron Mitchell% emceeing. Honored with the first award of the night was %cJordan Peele% for his screenplay for "Get Out", which dominated the nominations with four nods.
"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 of the horror drama released earlier this year. "I didn't know it would actually ever get made." The comedian-turned-filmmaker added, "It's so important that we support these voices from the outside, these perspective we haven't seen, we haven't heard. They will resonate. We need these stories."
In addition to winning the Best Screenplay Award, Peele was named Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director for his directorial debut. The film was also honored with Independent Film Audience Award.
Receiving the Breakthrough Actor Award was %cTimothee Chalamet% for his performance in "Call Me By Your Name, a film about a gay couple directed by Luca Guadagnino and co-starring %cArmie Hammer%. The film earned a surprise victory for Best Feature at the ceremony.
21-year-old Chalamet, who beat fellow nominees including %cMary J. Blige% ("Mudbound"), said of his on-screen lover Hammer, "A big and tall thank you to my dance partner Armie Hammer for being so god damn talented.
Blige was honored with a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance in "Mudbound", along with fellow cast members %cCarey Mulligan%, %cGarrett Hedlund%, %cJason Clarke%, %cJason Mitchell%, %cRob Morgan% and %cJonathan Banks%.
%cJames Franco% was named Best Actor for his performance in "The Disaster Artist" that night. The handsome actor beat the likes of %cWillem Dafoe% ("The Florida Project"), %cDaniel Kaluuya% ("Get Out"), %cRobert Pattinson% ("Good Time"), %cAdam Sandler% ("The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)") and %cHarry Dean Stanton% ("Lucky").
As for the Best Actress trophy, it went to "Lady Bird" star %cSaoirse Ronan%, who defeated other competitors that included %cMargot Robbie% ("I, Tonya"), %cLois Smith% ("Marjorie Prime"), %cHaley Lu Richardson% ("Columbus") and %cMelanie Lynskey% ("I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore").
Also at the award ceremony, taking home the Best Documentary Award was Netflix's "Strong Island".
In addition to the competitive awards, the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards presented tributes to actors %cNicole Kidman% and %cDustin Hoffman%, director Sofia Coppola, producer Jason Blum and cinematographer Edward Lachman. Al Gore received a Gotham Humanitarian Tribute, while actor %cMichael K. Williams% was honored with Gotham Appreciation Award.