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Tuesday
Nov292016

In Case You Missed The Gothams...

vous m'aimeChris here. Did you catch the Gotham Awards last night? The ceremony is always streams online for easy access - this year on Facebook to glitchy results. It always serves a spunky start thanks to a lack of jadedness that the just beginning season will bring and the idiosyncratic results from separately juried categories.

However, this year those juries were almost unanimous in their love for Barry Jenkins's Moonlight...

The love in the room for the film was vocal as it swept Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and the Audience Award. The Audience Award may be the most telling for its Oscar chances considering the dozen or so films it was up against (and since the Gothams rarely foretell the Oscars). The ensemble was also awarded a special prize, but it was Barry Jenkins who felt like the star.

But the biggest delight of the evening was a somewhat surprising win for Isabelle Huppert for Elle, to which she adorably was the most shocked. Huppert may be beloved for her chilliness but here she was all giddy breathlessness, all but launching into a French version of Sally Field's "You like me!" speech. 

The other winners...

Best Documentary
O.J.: Made in America

The episodic, multi-installment documentary doesn't seem to be ruffling any feathers for its consideration in the documentary race. It's quite stellar, but I'm still curious if Oscar voters will sit for its sprawling eight hours.

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Trey Edward Shults - Krisha

Shults was also somewhat flummoxed by his win against stiff competition like Robert Eggers (The Witch) and Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits), sending lots of love to his fellow nominees. He's just as deserving and if you haven't caught up to Krisha's brilliance, it's currently on Amazon Prime.

Best Actor
Casey Affleck - Manchester By The Sea

Manchester felt the most overshadowed by Moonlight's wins but Affleck was warmly received, giving a humble speech that praised writer/director Kenneth Lonergan.

Breakthrough Actor
Anya Taylor-Joy - The Witch

Hooray for The Witch not leaving awards season empty handed! Kate Beckinsale presented the award praising independent cinema's dedication to female-led narratives and how the category's nominees reflected that - oops, you forgot Manchester's Lucas Hedges was nominated.

Breakthrough Series - Long Form
Craxy Ex-Girlfriend

Breakthrough Series - Short Form
Her Story

Spotlight on Women Directors "Live the Dream" Grant
Rory Toporowych - Julia Blue

This cash prize went to the delightful Toporowych, who joked that that morning she only had $13 in her bank account because everything went towards her film. Where is her Kickstarter and how can we buy her lunch?

Tributes

Oliver Stone - Stone kept things refreshingly brief, calling on directors to stay independent, remember that we can question our goverments ("we've forgotten that"), and to think internationally. Remember Snowden?

Arnon Milchan - Nothing was quite so staggering in the evening as producer Milchan's tribute reel, featuring some of the over 130 films he has made. He insisted that he was shy, but gushed his love for fellow tributee Stone.

Ethan Hawke - Hawke joked about his long career, stating the first time he was washed up was at the age of 14. He was presented by Winona Ryder (Reality Bites reunion!), who choked up describing his performance as Chet Baker in this year's Born to Be Blue - a brilliant performance everyone missed that's worth choking up over.

Amy Adams - Ryder got emotional for Hawke, but Cate Blanchett got truly gushy when presenting Adams's tribute, shedding love on the actress's listening in particular. Adams returned in kind, mostly spending her speech in "I'm not worthy" awe of Blanchett. Roundtable performances be damned, because her reel was also a reminder of her formiddable and versatile talents.

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Cates words for Amy were amazing. For me, Cate locked Amy for a Best Actress nomination with that speech.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKeegan

I expect the Best Actress critics awards will be spread out:

NBR: Bening or Portman
NYFCC: Portman or Stone
LAFCA: Huppert or Stone
Boston: Negga?

Anyway, I don't expect to see a consensus in this category. And even if we do, the televised awards could spoil it.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W.

Too good to be true, right?

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

"Huppert may be beloved for her chilliness but here she was all giddy breathlessness"

WHERE! IS! THE FOOTAGE?!?!?!!?!!!!!


I'd also love to see any Amy Adams clip reel

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergoran

Truly wonderful to see Huppert win and melt the offscreen audience with her adorable speech punctuated by a few happy-tears hiccups and that unmistakable French accent. This may be one of the few awards she will be accorded (I hope I'm wrong) but what a great start of the award season to see la reine Isabelle caught off-guard and showing an even more likable quality.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterowl

It was such a joy to watch Huppert be so giddy and shocked! Even the coolest and laid-back girl gets giddy :)

That Blanchett speech was...AMAZING! And I learned so many new words on the way as well he he. Adams was so in awe and I liked that

Though Adams is strong in Arrival, I don't think she deserves to be nominated. There are far too many stronger performances that I favor. Also the movie stole her thunder as well. The movie is the STAR of the movie

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

Isabelle Huppert speech:

https://youtu.be/sPMIs4JwGjw

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I love Isabelle Huppert so much; I can hardly stand it!!

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

Blanchett on Amy:

https://youtu.be/3wDGRQFj5Cw

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJon

...in this year's Born to Be Blue - a brilliant performance everyone missed that's worth choking up over....

When did that happen? Never heard a peep about it.

Why is Naomie Harris not in that gorgeous Moonlight cast photo? Was she taking it herself or not present?

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Dear God allow Huppert to sweep. Thank you.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Huppert was so pleased I fear she might end up signing for a franchise.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Love that Isabelle Huppert won! but why did they play the theme of Sex & The City when she walked on stage to receive her award?

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCris

LOL. I thought the same thing, Cris. What does Sex and the City have to do with Isabelle Huppert? Is it because the film is called Elle (French for she/her)?

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

HUPPERT!!!

What a fantastic JOLT to start off that category this season! Yes please, all of the awards to her always.

LOVE the Moonlight sweep. That ensemble pic above is lovely.

And Anya Taylor-Joy was great in The Witch so I love that she got their breakthrough prize.

I don't wanna get my hopes up this early but we're starting off on the right foot at least.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMark The First

Do you think it possible Portman doesn't win a major award all season? It would be so odd (and awful) with THAT performance but it has happened before.

We really don't know anything yet lol. And if Marion can win Huppert can as well.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnonny

Annony-

I think Portman is definitely the front runner for Best Actress - Drama at the Golden Globes. So at least she has that going for her.

I am living for Huppert's speech. What a wonderful woman and actress. She's the true dark horse for best actress this year. So happy (and I'll admit, very surprised) that the industry is responding to Elle and her performance.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

I want to wallpaper my house with this photo: https://scontent-lga3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/14726335_238220069931485_4175693889526562816_n.jpg

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEz

YAS ISABELLE SLAY GIRL

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

Huppert! YAY! The Queen reigns!

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete

I adore Cate but somehow the way she gushes over Adams, the effusiveness of it all, makes me a tad uncomfortable if not unconvinced. Then again, it's always a treat to watch one actor swoons over another. I love Isabelle Huppert as an actress, one of the greatest...now I love her more for showing us a side of her that's seldom seen.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJans

I normally hate Best Actress sweeps but how amazing would it be if Huppert picked up award after award on the way to an Oscar?! YEAH!!!

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

AMY + CATE ?! OH MY GOODNESS!

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterepisode101

I know Cate pretends to not follow social media but there is no way she doesn't have her hand on the pulse with the random "fucks" and the ass grabbing and the shoutouts to moonlight. This lady knows what we want and she gives it to us every time

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTony T

I hate sweeps especially in a year like this. I would totally be ok with Huppert winning SAG, Annette and Stone winning globes and Portman taking oscar.

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnonny

Do we know where Annette Bening and Isabelle Huppert are being placed at the Globes? Seems like both could straddle between Comedy and Drama...

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

It would be pure porn for my eyes to see Isabelle Huppert sweep.

November 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel B.

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