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November 15, 2010 3:41 AM
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Tucci and Clarkson To Host Celeb-Heavy Gotham Awards

Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson in a scene from Tucci's "Blind Date." Image courtesy of Variance Films.

The Independent Filmmaker Project announced today that actors Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson will serve as hosts of the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 29th in New York City.

“We were delighted to hear that Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman passed on hosting the Gotham Awards this year,” said Patricia and Stanley in a statement. “It encouraged the two of us to launch a massive Twitter and Facebook campaign to get the hosting gig. As two actors who love and respect each other’s work, and happen to be incredibly good friends too, what could be more fun than hosting the Gotham Awards on their 20th Anniversary. We took the job with the understanding that every time either of us says the word “independent,” everyone at home watching or attending the awards themselves must take a shot. Here’s to a fun evening for all.”

The Academy Award nominated pair, recently on screen together as Emma Stone's parents in teen comedy hit "Easy A," also worked together in Tucci's directorial effort "Blind Date."

“We are thrilled that last year’s actor tributee, Stanley and indie stalwart, Patti Clarkson will be co-hosting the 20th Anniversary Gotham Awards,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP, in a statement.

IFP also announced the first batch of confirmed presenters at the awards including: Julianne Moore, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Barbara Kopple, Anthony Mackie, Leighton Meester, Rosie Perez, Sam Rockwell, John Turturro and Michelle Williams

IFP’s 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, November 29 at Cipriani Wall Street. Check out a complete list of nominations here.

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