We may still be waiting for half of the award contenders to hit our local movie theaters, but somehow, award show season has officially kicked off with Monday's Gotham Independent Film Awards. While some would argue that it's akin to the Iowa caucus of presidential elections (first results but hold little weight in the long run), movie buffs are still ready to dive deep into the results of the little indie award show.
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Among the big winners, Get Out and Call Me by Your Name came out on top and set the stage for what could become an indie showdown for an Oscar next year. While Jordan Peele's racial horror film Get Out walked away with awards for screenplay, breakthrough director, and the Audience Award, the gay coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name left the ceremony with a coveted Best Feature win and a best breakthrough performance award for standout Timothee Chalamet.
It wasn't only a showcase for these two films though. James Franco won a best actor prize for The Disaster Artist, while Saoirse Ronan won best actress for her remarkable performance in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, which just became the best reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. Netflix's World War II-era drama Mudbound also walked away with a Best Ensemble award.