Natalie Portman Honored At The Gotham Independent Film Awards

by Chiara Atik · December 1, 2009

[All photos by Will Ragozzino and Jimi Celeste for PMc]. Natalie Portman, along with Stanley Tucci and Ralph Fiennes, received a career tribute awards at last night's Gotham Independent Film Awards, held at Cipriani Wall Street.

Manhattan's film industry came out in full force to what is regarded as the start of New York's award season. Chris Rock (whose documentary, Good Hair, was nominated), Brooke Shields, Patricia Clarkson, Ryan Reynolds, Ellen Burstyn, Willem Dafoe, Ethan Cohen, Oliver Platt, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader all made it out to support the independent film community.

Big winners of the night included The Hurt Locker, Robert Siegel for his direction of "Big Fan", and Catalina Saavedra for her breakthrough performance in "The Maid". Ry Russo-Young's movie "You Won't Miss Me" won the award of "Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You." More photos below...

The following sequence of three pictures is wonderful, because it seems like Chris Rock is in a completely different conversation than Natalie Portman and Doug Liman, and it's hilarious. I hope he did that on purpose.

Stanley Tucci, Brooke Shields                 Ryan Reynolds

Richard Kind, Alec Baldwin                 Ethan Cohen

Patricia Clarkson                           Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader

Kathryn Bigelow, Willem Dafoe

Ben Foster, Oliver Platt                      Ellen Burstyn

Stephen Daldry                           Kristen Ritter

Chris Rock, Malaak Compton-Rock  Sam Rockwell, Greg Mottola

Brooke Shields, Anthony Mackie, Jeremny Renner, Brian Geraghty