By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 9, 2011 at 12:33PM
Edie Falco and Oliver Platt have been announced as the hosts of the 21st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, it was announced today. The pair follow Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tuci, who hosted last year.
Also announced were the Top 5 nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. First round voting took place from October 18th to November 2nd and comprised 29 audience awards winning films from the top 50 US and Canadian film festivals. Round two voting began on November 7th to select a final winner and ends on November 20th at 11:59 pm EST.
The nominees are "Being Elmo," "Buck," "The First Grader," "Girlfriends" and "Wild Horse, Wild Ride."
Filmgoers can vote online for their favorite film at http://gotham.ifp.org/audience_award.
Full press release below.
New York, NY (November 9, 2011) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced today that award winning actors, Oliver Platt and Edie Falco, will serve as co-hosts of the IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Awards™ show on Monday, November 28th, 2011 in New York City.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s Gotham Awards,” said Platt and Falco. “We look forward to an evening that celebrates outstanding independent filmmaking, brave and bold voices against the backdrop of this incredible city.”
“We are honored that Oliver and Edie will be co-hosting the Gotham Awards this year,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP. “They are both highly regarded actors who have played vital roles in enriching the world of independent film and embody the essence of what the Gotham Awards are all about.”
Oliver Platt has enjoyed success in film, television and on stage. He currently stars in the Showtime Original Series “The Big C” opposite Laura Linney. Platt will next appear in Julian Farino’s “The Oranges” and recently wrapped production on Marc Turtletaub’s “Gods Behaving Badly.” The film, which also stars Christopher Walken, Alicia Silverstone and his co-host for the Gotham Awards, Edie Falco, will be released in 2012. Platt was seen in a myriad of movies in the past two years; including, “X-Men: First Class,” “Love and Other Drugs” and “Please Give.” Platt received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor for his work on Broadway in Conor McPherson’s “Shining City,” which was also nominated for Best Play.
Edie Falco recently completed a Tony nominated turn on Broadway as Bananas in "The House of Blue Leaves." She made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning play "Sideman" which garnered her a Theatre World Award. Other Broadway credits include "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune" and "Night Mother". Ms. Falco is currently starring as Jackie in the hit Showtime series “Nurse Jackie” for which she won the Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. As Carmela Soprano in “The Sopranos” Ms. Falco received 3 Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards and 2 SAG Awards for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Film credits include “Cost of Living”, “Sunshine State”, “Laws of Gravity”, “Freedomland”, “Judy Berlin”, “3 Backyards” and the upcoming with Mr. Platt, “Gods Behaving Badly.”
Also announced today are the Top 5 nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. First round voting took place from October 18th to November 2nd and comprised 29 audience awards winning films from the top 50 US and Canadian film festivals. Round two voting began on November 7th to select a final winner and ends on November 20th at 11:59 pm EST. Filmgoers can vote online for their favorite film at http://gotham.ifp.org/audience_award.
“For the second year, we are thrilled to continue IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Audience Award in partnership with Festival Genius,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of the IFP. “The purpose of this award is to promote films on the festival circuit that have captured audience attention and give them yet another platform for audiences to vote for their favorite. We are very proud to have successfully launched a true audience award as part of the Gotham Independent Film Awards.”
The Top 5 Nominees for the 2nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award powered by Festival Genius are:
Director/Producer: Justin Lerner
Producers: Jerad Anderson, Kristina Lauren Anderson, Shaun O’Banion
Director: Cindy Meehl
Producer: Julie Goldman
BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY
Director/Producer: Constance Marks
Co-Director/Writer/Editor: Philip Shane
Producer: Corinne LaPook
Producer/Cinematographer: James Miller
WILD HORSE, WILD RIDE
Directors/Producers Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus
THE FIRST GRADER
Director: Justin Chadwick
Producers: Sam Feuer, Richard Harding, David M. Thompson
As the first major awards ceremony of the film season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards™ provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. Previous winners for Best Feature and Best Documentary include WINTER’S BONE (2010), THE OATH (2010), THE HURT LOCKER (2009), FOOD, INC (2009), FROZEN RIVER (2008) and TROUBLE THE WATER (2008). The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting award recipients prominently into national awards season attention, including recent winners and ultimate Oscar® contenders: feature winners WINTER’S BONE (2010) and THE HURT LOCKER (2009); Breakthrough Actors Melissa Leo (2008), Ellen Page (2007), Rinko Kikuchi (2006) and Amy Adams (2005).
Previously announced were the nominees for six competitive awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You™. In addition to the competitive awards, Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman will each be presented with a career tribute. Also announced was the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant, a $25,000 cash award for an alumnus of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs, nominees: Jenny Deller, director, FUTURE WEATHER, Lucy Mulloy, director, UNA NOCHE, Rola Nashef, director, DETROIT UNLEADED.
The Premier Sponsors of the Gotham Independent Film Awards™ are Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and The New York Times, Presenting Sponsor euphoria Calvin Klein, Official Partners: charitybuzz; MoMA; Andaz Wall Street; Heineken USA; Russian Standard Vodka; and Official Wine Partner Mionetto Prosecco. Additionally, the awards will be promoted nationally in an eight-page special advertising section in The New York Times on November 18th, 2011.