Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name won the top prize at the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards on Monday night, claiming the award for Best Feature.
Accepting the award, the Italian filmmaker said, “I think above all, Call Me by Your Name is a movie about compassion and transmission of knowledge and becoming better people in meeting with other people. And so for me, this is a testament to that. Thank you.”
Call Me by Your Name star Timothée Chalamet also won the award for Breakthrough Actor.
In the Best Feature category, CMBYN triumphed over Jordan Peele’s racially charged horror movie Get Out, Sean Baker’s scrappy childhood drama The Florida Project, Ben and Josh Safdie’s gritty crime thriller Good Time, and Craig Gillespie’s Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya.
Get Out was the evening’s other big winner, taking Best Screenplay, the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award, and the Audience Award.
John Cameron Mitchell hosted the ceremony, which highlights the year’s best in independent film and offers some of the first tea leaves of a nascent awards season.
The Gotham Awards have foretold Oscar glory the past three years. Birdman, Spotlight, and Moonlight all won Best Feature and went on to claim Best Picture at the subsequent Academy Awards.
In addition to the competitive awards, Gotham Tributes were handed out to actors Nicole Kidman and Dustin Hoffman, director Sofia Coppola, producer Jason Blum, cinematographer Ed Lachman, and politician-turned-climate-change-activist Al Gore. The cast of Mudbound was recognized with a Special Jury Prize, and actor Michael K. Williams received the Made in NY award.
See a complete list of Gotham Award winners below.
- Best Feature: “Call Me By Your Name“
- Best Documentary: “Strong Island“
- Best Screenplay: “Get Out” – Jordan Peele
- Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award: Jordan Peele – “Get Out“
- Best Actor: James Franco – “The Disaster Artist“
- Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird“
- Breakthrough Actor: Timothee Chalamet – “Call Me By Your Name“
- Breakthrough Series – Long Form: “Atlanta” – Donald Glover, Dianne McGunigle, Paul Simms
- Breakthrough Series – Short Form: “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes” – Nancy Andrews