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During last night’s  Gotham Independent Film Awards, held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, “12 Years A Slave” failed to bring home any awards in the three categories it was nominated in (Best Feature, Best Actor, Best Breakthrough Performance). Although the movie has received critical acclaim, the voting jury just wasn’t feeling it.

But where “12 years A Slave” didn’t garner any attention, Lee Daniels, director of “The Butler” did.  While presenting the Actor Tribute award to Forest Whitaker, Butler didn’t take to kindly to the chatter he was hearing from the audience.

“Forest would love to hear you all talking throughout my speech so shut the f*ck up, ” Daniels yelled.

Daniels went on to share how working with Whitaker improved his mental outlook as a Black director working in Hollywood: “When I did research on ‘The Butler’ I became very angry at White people…but Forest told me to keep my anger in, to not be a stereotypical angry black man… he helped me through that.”

Congratulations are in order for Michael B. Jordan, who won Breakthrough Actor for “Fruitvale Station”

Full list of winners below:

BEST FEATURE
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors; Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, producers (CBS Films)

BEST ACTRESS
Brie Larson in Short Term 12
(Cinedigm)

BEST ACTOR
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
(Focus Features)

BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR
Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station
(The Weinstein Company)

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR
Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station
(The Weinstein Company)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge, Joshua Oppenheimer, producers (Drafthouse Films)

AUDIENCE AWARD
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
Tadashi Nakamura, director; Donald Young, producer
(Center for Asian American Media and PBS)

 

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