To Do Monday: Almost Oscar

Awards season begins in earnest tonight, as Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon and director David O. Russell will be among those getting a new tchotchke at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Those very famous people receive honorary awards tonight, while still-emerging talents are nominated for the balance of the prizes. Among them: This American Life stalwart Mike Birbiglia for the film Sleepwalk With Me and pint-size kid starlet Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild—but no matter who wins, merely getting attention, not to mention getting to Cipriani, after making a tiny independent film is quite a victory.

Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street, cocktail reception at 6:30pm, dinner and awards ceremony at 7:30pm, tickets and information can be found at