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in Filmmaking
on Nov 28, 2007

IFP‘s 17th annual Gotham Awards were handed out last night at Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios with Sean Penn‘s Into The Wild winning the Best Feature prize. The other winners include Michael Moore‘s Sicko for Best Doc; Best Ensemble Cast went to two films, Sidney Lumet‘s Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, and Kasi Lemmons‘s Talk To Me; director Craig Zobel walked away with the Breakthough Director prize, his debut film The Great World of Sound received three Gotham Award nominations; Juno‘s Ellen Page won Breakthrough Actor and Ronald Bronstein‘s Frownland won The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You prize.

Hosted by Tony Award winning actor and playwright Sarah Jones, tribute awards were also given out to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Javier Bardem, Mira Nair, IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, production designer Mark Friedberg and Roger Ebert, who took the stage with his wife Shaz in an emotional moment to accept the award. Shaz spoke to the audience, as Mr. Ebert is unable to talk due to his ongoing battle with thyroid cancer.

The awards will be broadcast locally on NYC TV on Dec. 4, at 9:00 and will air nationally on The Documentary Channel on Dec. 8 at 8:00 EST.

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