We are getting into the thick of awards season and the buzz about queer romance film Call Me By Your Name just got a huge boost.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards essentially operates as a sneak peak before awards season really kicks off. The award show is part of the Independent Filmmaker Project, known as ‘the largest membership organization in the United States dedicated to independent film’.
Last night the 2017 awards were announced and Call Me By Your Name won the top prize.
Best Feature goes to…
The movie won Best Feature, facing off against the likes of The Florida Project, Get Out, Good Time, and I, Tonya.
However, that’s not all the film won.
Timothée Chalamet, who stars in the film alongside Armie Hammer, won Breakthrough Actor.
It fared only slightly less well with the National Board of Review’s awards, announced this morning.
Chalamet won another Breakthrough award, but the top film went to Steven Spielberg’s newest project, The Post. That movie’s stars, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, also won Best Actress and Actor.
However, the NBR did name Call Me By Your Name as one of its top ten films.
Could another queer film win Best Picture?
Last year, Moonlight won Best Feature at the Gotham Awards and then went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
It’s far too soon to say what Call Me By Your Name’s odds are at this point, but this win doesn’t hurt.
While the awards season is shaping up to be mostly white again (some more diverse nominees to look out for include Get Out, which also won big at the Gotham Awards; Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water; and Dee Rees’ Mudbound), another queer film may win for the second year in a row.
Next month awards season really kicks off. Here are some dates to stay in the loop.
- 6 December: Critics’ Choice Film nominations
- 11 December: Golden Globes nominations
- 7 January: Golden Globes
- 9 January: BAFTA nominations
- 11 January: Critics’ Choice Awards
- 23 January: Oscar nominations
- 18 February: BAFTAs
- 4 March: Oscars