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Nanjiani to host Gothams

Ceremony to honor Bigelow, Portman

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani will host IFP’s Gotham Awards ceremony on Nov. 30.

Nanjiani writes for and is featured on Comedy Central’s “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” and has appeared on the cabler’s “The Colbert Report.” He has a role in upcoming comedy “Life as We Know It,” starring Katherine Heigl.

“Not only is he wildly funny, but he’s also a huge cinephile,” said IFP exec director Michelle Byrd.

Among the notables set as presenters are Meryl Streep, Joel and Ethan Coen, Willem Dafoe, Ellen Burstyn, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Anthony Mackie, Oliver Platt, Jim Sheridan and Brooke Shields.

Six competitive prizes will be handed out at 19th annual event, to be held at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Top nominees are “The Hurt Locker” and “Big Fan,” with three nods each. Career tribute honorees are helmer Kathryn Bigelow, actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

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