The Gotham Independent Film Awards will benefit from an unprecendented dosage of star power during its annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday.
The celebration of arthouse films has tapped Uma Thurman as its host, according to the show’s backer the Independent Film Project.
The Gothams also unveiled an A-list roster of presenters, including Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Amy Schumer and Catherine Keener.
As awards season continues to get more cutthroat, it’s a sign that the studios now view the Gothams, which started 24 years ago as a low-key (and celebrity-less) affair, as one of the first stops on the campaign trail.
The show added a best actor and actress category last year, which upped the ante and allowed for it to better compete with the more star-studded Independent Spirit Awards, held the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica.
“We’ve been working really hard to establish ourselves as the first awards show of the season,” said Joana Vicente, the executive director of IFP, in an interview with Variety. “Last year, Matthew McConaughey was not a top contender to even get nominated for an Oscar. He won the Gotham Award, and he went on to win the Oscar.”
This year’s Gotham tributes will go to Tilda Swinton, director Bennett Miller and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos. Swinton (“Snowpiercer”) and Miller (“Foxcatcher”) are both campaigning for Oscar nominations.