John Cameron Mitchell will host the 2017 Independent Filmmaker Project Gotham Awards, the indie-film centric event that is one of the earliest events on the film awards season calendar.

Mitchell is best known for writing and starring in the stage and screen musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” His latest project, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, and Nicole Kidman. The film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and will be released in 2018.

“We eagerly anticipate a fun, exciting and entertaining night with John Cameron Mitchell leading us through it,” Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center, said in a statement. “John’s unique gift to entertain will be a brilliant addition to the lineup of stellar tributes and to the highly anticipated movies and nominees of 2017.”

The IFP Gotham Awards recognizes independent films and their writers, directors, producers, and actors with 10 award categories. The show also honors selected film industry icons as tributes.

IFP previously announced Dustin Hoffman will receive the actor tribute, Nicole Kidman the actress tribute, Sofia Coppola the director tribute, former Vice President Al Gore the humanitarian tribute, Ed Lachman the cinematographer tribute, and film producer Jason Blum as the industry tribute.

Nominations will be announced Oct. 19. The ceremony will be held Nov. 27 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.