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:

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

Brie Larson in Short Term 12

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
(Focus Features)

Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station
(The Weinstein Company)

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

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

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


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  • BeanBean

    Wow, the people in the audience were plain disrespectful. Unfortunately some people can’t imagine giving a black person the same level of respect as they do a white man.

    • Jasmine

      Not giving a Black man the same respect accorded a white man? Was it an audience full of Clutch women?

    • Aria Wilson

      Yeah, because clearly reading and posting on Clutch in no way makes YOU a “Clutch woman”….

      Except for the fact that it DOES.

    • BeanBean

      @Jasmine, go troll somewhere else. We don’t need anymore under this bridge.

  • Steppa

    They’re not going to give everything to black people. If 12 Years A Slave had won its categories, that would have been 5 of the top awards given to black people. That’s not going to happen. This is political baby! I haven’t seen Inside Llewyn Davis so I can’t say anything but Dallas Buyer’s Club was good. Ejiofor and McConasdadada were equal in terms of acting. Both top notch. It’s going to be a tough fight this awards season.

  • Phoenix

    You forgot to congratulate Ryan Coogler, also a young Black man. 2/6 isn’t bad. What, you thought they’d let us sweep?

  • I hate I never got the chance to see ‘Fruitville Station”. Everytime I was going to go see it something came up.