Hamm-Strung at the Gotham Awards

December 4, 2014 3:32 PM

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The annual celebration of indie films kicking off the vibrant awards season every year gets more glamorous, honoring the outstanding and risk-taking films that are going to make it to Oscars--like Boyhood and Birdman, as well as those that are just great, likes'Laura Poitra documentary Citizenfour, Ira Sachs' Love is Strange, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, and other exceptional films that do not fit any Hollywood formula. This week at Cipriani Wall Street, the sponsor Calvin Klein's Euphoria embellished the stage, the fragrance's name perhaps a metaphor for the high spirits: Bennett Miller was feted alongside Ted Sarandos and Tilda Swinton, the crowd of film insiders included Rene Russo in a French twist, and Scarlett Johansen in a short, smart do--it was decidedly downtown and chic.

Some highlights included Marisa Tomei practicing her pronunciation of director Alejandro Inarritu's name, focused on getting the accent on the second syllable. Catherine Keener introducing Bennett Miller who lived with her for two years, revealing maybe TMI but also his secret strategy as a brillian...

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