‘Call Me By Your Name’ Wins First Big Award of the Season
The unofficial starting gun of the Oscar race went off last night in Manhattan, with the announcement of the annual Gotham Awards. The big winners were Get Out, Jordan Peele’s horror comedy about a young black man’s trip home to meet his girlfriend’s white parents, and Call Me By Your Name, a period romance about a teenager who falls for one of his father’s research assistants over a long, swoony Italian summer. Get Out took home the Gothams for Best Screenplay, the Audience Award, and Breakthrough Director for Peele, whose chances at Oscar nominations in a couple months are looking better and better. Call Me By Your Name earned the Breakthrough Actor award for Timothée Chalamet, who plays the younger half of the film’s key relationship (Armie Hammer plays the other) and the big prize of the night, Best Feature.
The Gothams’ best actors were both from features distributed by A24. James Franco’s uncanny portrayal of historically bad filmmaker Tommy Wiseau earned him Best Actor for The Disaster Artist, while Saoirse Ronan took home Best Actress for her role as the title character in Greta Gerwig’s lovely coming-of-age film Lady Bird. They’re both excellent performances; both deserve to be in the thick of the Oscar conversation.
Here’s the full list of 2017 Gotham Awards winners - plus check out ScreenCrush’s Instagram for some cool pictures from the show and the press line:
Best Feature: Call Me By Your Name
Best Documentary: Strong Island
Best Actor: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Breakthrough Series (Long Form): Atlanta
Breakthrough Director: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Breakthrough Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Breakthrough Series (Short Form): “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes”
Best Screenplay: Get Out
Audience Award: Get Out