Yes, it’s almost December! And the first awards show is on its way.
The IFP Gotham Awards sound the clarion call for the awards season, and they’re coming on December 2nd. That was a fast year! Former Gothams chief Joana Vicente is just finishing her first season running the Toronto Film Festival, and it’s been a huge success. Brava!
Now, our old pal Jeffrey Sharp has succeeded Joana as Executive Director of the IFP and the Gotham Awards. Today they’re announcing their first two honorees for this year– Oscar winning actor Sam Rockwell, and trail blazing director Ava Duvernay.
Rockwell won the Oscar last year for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” His long resume is filled with outstanding work. In December he’ll appear in Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” movie, which will undoubtedly earn him awards attention.
Duvernay was totally overlooked for her spell binding movie, “Selma.” But since then she’s gone on to many accolades. This year she’s going to win Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her mini series, “When They See Us.” She has really become a force for good in the culture! I remember when Ava was Jennifer Hudson’s publicist. She always knew she was going to change the world.
The Gothams are going to be pretty swell this year down at Cipriani 55 Wall Street. But slow the year down, please!