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Gotham Awards to Salute Oscar Winner Sam Rockwell, Director Ava Duvernay at December Awards Show in New York


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!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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