Gotham Awards: John Cameron Mitchell to Host

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John Cameron Mitchell

The independent film ceremony traditionally marks the official start of Oscar season.

John Cameron Mitchell will host this year's Gotham Awards, it was announced Wednesday.

Mitchell wrote and starred in the original off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He adapted the musical into a movie in 2001, which earned him a Gotham Award for best directorial debut. And he reprised his role as Hedwig when the musical opened on Broadway in 2014, winning a special Tony Award in 2015 for his return to the role.

Mitchell also directed the 2011 film version of Rabbit Hole, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman, who is set to receive the actress tribute at this year's Gotham Awards. Other previously announced honorees include Al Gore, Jason Blum, Ed Lachman, Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Coppola.

Mitchell's most recent film, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival and is set to be released next spring by A24. The film stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp and Nicole Kidman.

“We eagerly anticipate a fun, exciting and entertaining night with John Cameron Mitchell leading us through it,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, which presents the Gotham Awards, and the Made in NY Media Center. “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.”

Past Gotham Awards ceremony hosts include Keegan-Michael Key; Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson; Nick Kroll; Jon Stewart; Mike Birbiglia; Uma Thurman; Oliver Platt and Edie Falco; Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson; Michael Ian Black; and David Cross.

Gotham Award nominations will be announced Oct. 19, with the awards to be handed out Nov. 27 at New York's Cipriani Wall Street.

The Gotham Awards traditionally mark the start of Oscar season, recognizing the best in independent film. Recent Gotham winners have included Oscar nominees and winners Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman, Boyhood, Citizenfour, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Act of Killing, Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Beginners, The Tree of Life, Winter’s Bone and The Hurt Locker.