Jared Leto: Why Indie Films Are Important


The stars were out for the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday night, a ceremony that showcases the best in American independent cinema and kicks off the awards season. Needless to say, it's was an exciting night for celebrities in attendance, who bragged about their fellow peers in addition to the awards show itself.

Jared Leto, who co-stars alongside Matthew McConaughey in the lauded Dallas Buyers Club, touted the importance of the Gotham Independent Film Awards, and its support for small films. "It's incredibly important. These are the films that changed my life, independent film," Leto, 41, said (towards end of video). "And it's great to celebrate independent film. I think it's really wonderful. It's important. I don't thumb my nose at these things at all. I think it's a really good thing to celebrate each other."

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Kathryn Hahn, who was nominated for a Breakthrough Actor award at the ceremony for her role in Afternoon Delight, said the true use for the Gotham Independent Film Awards is to raise awareness of smaller films like her own. "They shine light on some movies that we haven't had a chance to really see," Hahn, 40, said. "Hopefully this kind of honor will bring more audiences to these kind of teeny, tiny movies that just don't have the machine behind them to get them out into the world."


For more from the stars attending the Gotham Independent Film Awards, including Super Size Me's Morgan Spurlock, The League's Nick Kroll, Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan, Divergent actress Shailene Woodley and Forest Whitaker, check out ET's video! To find out who won big, click here.

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