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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Carpetbagger: Things We Learned at the Gothams, Jared Leto Edition


Jared Leto at the Gothams on Monday night.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters Jared Leto at the Gothams on Monday night.

There were few surprises at the Gotham Awards on Monday evening, no best-picture ties or debuts of future comedy duos.

As expected, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was a big winner; filmmaker Benh Zeitlin took home two trophies, breakthrough director and the inaugural Bingham Ray memorial prize, which comes with $25,000. “Making this movie, I had unprecedented freedom,” Mr. Zeitlin said on his first trip to the podium. “I think that freedom has been what people have responded to.” He added that he hoped more filmmakers got the chance to make movies unencumbered by financial and creative constraints, as he did. (See the list of winners here.)

As usual there were comments about low budgets – Mark Duplass, a star and producer of “Your Sister’s Sister,” which won best ensemble, noted that his Hollywood co-stars, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt, worked for just $100 a day, “because they wanted to make a cool piece of art with us” – and that indie film was underappreciated. As the host, Mike Birbiglia, put it in his opening monologue: “We’re here tonight because if we don’t give ourselves these awards, who will?”

Still, the evening, which functions as a convivial get-together as much as an awards show, offered some high points and new tidbits. Here, a list of the things we learned at our fourth consecutive Gothams, Part 1:



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