The Gotham Awards are held every year on the Monday after Thanksgiving in New York City, marking the unofficial start of the award season. Though the event champions major achievements in the independent film world, it was hard this year to avoid addressing the results of the presidential election, including for one of its winners, Ethan Hawke.
The evening’s host, Keegan-Michael Key (half of the duo making up TV show “Key & Peele,” he also starred in this year’s indie “Don’t Think Twice”), joked at the beginning of the show that he had missed the election and had written his monologue before the results, assuming Hillary Clinton had won. The act only got a small number of laughs.
Damian Lewis presented the audience award by saying, “The film that receives the most votes is the winner. What a brilliant idea,” referring to Donald Trump winning the Electoral College to win the presidency but Clinton winning the popular vote.