So, Gotham Awards. For the winners, we direct you to Brian Brooks at indieWIRE, who tells us that Best Feature went to Bennett Miller‘s "Capote," Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro‘s "Murderball" won Best Documentary, Miller picked up Breakthrough Director, Amy Adams of "Junebug" was named Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Cast went to "The Squid and the Whale"‘s group, Marilyn Agrelo‘s "Mad Hot Ballroom" received a "Celebrate New York" award, and Caveh Zahedi‘s "I Am a Sex Addict" was named Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.
Anyway, for reasons we won’t go into, we got some push-back on the whole press pass issue, so we tagged along with the on-air camera crew at the red carpet. A few photos and inane commentary after the jump…
So we were perched behind a wall of DPs, trying to take photos with the tried and true "holding the camera overhead and hoping it’s aimed at something" method â€” we’re happy that any of these turned out to be anything other than of the back of Robert Verdi‘s shiny head. And we were hoping to steal some quotes off of the print person on our other side, but she was only asking everyone about facial products and such, so we couldn’t even weasel in any good info.
Otherwise: Heath Ledger is adorably not movie star-ish ("When I heard ‘Gotham Awards,’ I thought they were for Batman"), looking a little ill-at-ease in front of the cameras and sporting three different shades of black that together were an approximation of a suit. Bennett Miller appeared very unhappy to be there. Matt Dillon was a little orange, as was Matthew Modine. Alice Wu was working this awesome Annie Hall-type outfit. And Q’Orianka Kilcher! She’s a lovely girl, and all of 15 or so, but already so media-polished, we can’t even begin. Did you know she sewed her dress herself? She’s an aspiring designer. And she’s been writing a lot of songs recently? She’s also an aspiring songwriter. Was she a big Terrence Malick fan going into "The New World"? No (tee-hee), she hadn’t heard of him, but he taught her so much as an actor.
And here we are ragging on a poor kid about to make her break. But there’s something awe-inspiring and awful about seeing someone so young work it like that. Anyway: