2014 Gotham Awards


The 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, hosted by Uma Thurman, was live streamed tonight from Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The Independent Filmmaker Project, which hands out the Gothams to “worthy independent films,” calls this the “kickoff to the film awards season”.

The big winner of the night was Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) winning Best Feature and Best Actor for Michael Keaton.   Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice. The Edward Snowden pic Citizenfour was named Best Documentary.

Trophies were handed out in six categories, plus the Audience Award, culled from the 15 nominees for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Breakthrough Director.

Streep presented the previously announced Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance, which went to Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher. Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller received a tribute during the ceremony, presented by his Capote actress and former roommate Catherine Keener. Tributes also went to Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos,

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Feature Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actress Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Actor Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Documentary CITIZENFOUR Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)

Gotham Independent Film Audience Award Boyhood Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Kino Lorber)

Breakthrough Actor Tessa Thompson in Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

#TBT Pulp Fiction

pulp_fiction_ver3_xxlgI was in rehearsal for the 1st revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and the buzz in rehearsals was about this new filmmaker that had this edgy new film with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson.  We all knew John Travolta's work and Samuel L. Jackson was coming off of massive success with then newbie director Spike Lee in such films as Jungle Fever and Do The Right Thing. So we all piled up in cars and headed to the nearest movie theatre to see it.  I immediately got the comedic elements and the irony of the whole flawed hit man with biblical backgrounds and laughed my booty off.

The filmmaker was Quentin Tarrantino and to date has not released one film without some sort of controversy being attached to it.  His edgy out of the box directing was rewarded when he won the Oscar that year for Pulp Fiction.  Samuel L. Jackson received the first of many Oscars nominations and John Travolta was honored with his first Oscar nod since Saturday Night Fever.

Check out below why Pulp Fiction is one of the greatest films ever made...


Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!