Gotham Independent Film Awards

Call Me By Your Name and Get Out are the big winners at the 2017 Gotham Awards.

Call me by Your Name

The Gotham Awards highlight independent production and unconventional narratives in film and TV, with many nominees made with "an economy of means", i.e. outside the traditional studio system. The big winners last night, Get Out and Call Me By Your Name are both incredible examples of the strength in the arthouse cinema model. Get Out Director Jordan Peele, accepting the award for Best Screenplay (his first of three, including Audience Favorite and Breakthrough Director), said "It's so important that we support these voices from the outside, these perspectives we haven't seen or heard. If you help these stories be told, they will resonate."

The Best Feature winner Call Me By Your Name (which also won actor Timothée Chalamet the Breakthrough Actor Award), a queer twist on the romantic arthouse formula, and wins for actors Saorise Ronan (Lady Bird) and James Franco (The Disaster Artist) promise an interesting awards season run. The Gothams may not predict the Oscars®, but this year they suggest a few promising outcomes in the months to come.

- Beth Barrett | SIFF Artistic Director


BEST FEATURE

Winner: Call Me by Your Name

Also nominated:
The Florida Project
Get Out
Good Time
I, Tonya

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Winner: Strong Island

Also nominated:
Ex Libris - The New York Public Library
Rat Film
Whose Streets?
The Work

BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR AWARD

Winner: Jordan Peele - Get Out

Also nominated:
Maggie Betts - Novitiate
Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird
Kogonada - Columbus
Joshua Z Weinstein - Menashe

AUDIENCE AWARD

Winner: Get Out

BEST SCREENPLAY

Winner: Jordan Peele - Get Out 

Also nominated:
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani - The Big Sick 
Mike White - Brad's Status 
James Ivory - Call Me by Your Name 
Kogonada - Columbus  
Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird 

BEST ACTOR

Winner: James Franco - The Disaster Artist

Also nominated:
Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project
Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out 
Robert Pattinson - Good Time
Harry Dean Stanton - Lucky
Adam Sandler - The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

BEST ACTRESS

Winner:  Saorise Ronan - Lady Bird 

Also nominated:
Haley Lu Richardson - Columbus
Melanie Lynskey - I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
Lois Smith - Marjorie Prime

SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES

Mudbound presented to Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR

Winner: Timothée Chalamet - Call Me by Your Name 

Also nominated:
Mary J. Blige - Mudbound
Harris Dickinson - Beach Rats
Kelvin Harrison, Jr. - It Comes at Night
Brooklynn Prince - The Florida Project 

BREAKTHROUGH SERIES - LONG FORM

Winner: "Atlanta"

Also nominated:
"Better Things"
"Dear White People"
"Fleabag"
"Search Party"

BREAKTHROUGH SERIES - SHORT FORM

Winner: "The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes" "555"

Also nominated:
"Inconceivable"
"Junior"
"Let Me Die a Nun"