Hollywood's awards season has kicked off with the 2017 Gotham Awards, which was held in New York on Monday, Nov. 27.
Monday's awards ceremony was hosted by John Cameron Mitchell and marked the 27th anniversary of The Gotham Independent Film Awards. There was a couple of surprises when the names of the winners were announced.
'Get Out', 'Call Me By Your Name' Dominate 2017 Gotham Awards
Luca Guadagnino's romantic drama, Call Me By Your Name and Jordan Peele's breakout hit, Get Out, were among the winners on Monday night, taking home a total of 11 honors between them.
While Get Out bagged the Best Screenplay, Breakthrough Director, and the Audience Award, Call Me By Your Name was announced as the winner of Best Feature. Actor Timothee Chalamet won Breakthrough Actor for his performance in the film, which features him opposite Armie Hammer as lovers in 1980s Italy.
"When I started to write [Get Out], I set out to make a movie that would be my favorite movie that I had never seen," Peele said in his acceptance speech. "I didn't know it would actually ever get made."
Best Actor and Actress Awards
Among the other winners are James Franco and Saoirse Ronan who were chosen by small panels comprising of actors and directors. Franco won Best Actor for his performance in The Disaster Artist while Ronan was recognized for her lead actress role in Lady Bird.
The cast of Dee Rees' Mudbound claimed the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance while Michael Kenneth Williams was honored with the Made in NY Award. In addition to the awards, career tributes were offered to Dustin Hoffman, Jason Blum, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola, Al Gore, and Ed Lachman.
Road To The Oscars
The Gotham Awards have gained prominence over the last few years and has become somewhat a barometer for Academy Awards glory.
Complete Winners List
Here's the full list of winners at the 2017 Gotham Awards:
Call Me by Your Name
James Franco for The Disaster Artist
Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird
Breakthrough Series - Long Form
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Breakthrough Series - Short Form
The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes
Special Gotham Jury Award for Ensemble Performance