home1Glittering lights, cocktail attire, festive libations, beautiful faces – all those stuffy holidays aside: it’s Film Awards Season!

Undoubtedly one of the most esteemed and glamorous (and our personal favorite) of all the awards is the Gotham Independent Film Awards. This year’s awards will take place at the gorgeous Cipriani Wall Street, and will honor films like 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, and The Spectacular Now. While the awards and the after party at the nearby Andaz Wall Street, are invite only, our readers will get an inside peek of the awards and all the festivities thanks to our friends as Russian Standard Vodka, who really know how to celebrate cinematic achievement.

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Russian Standard Vodka is the exclusive sponsor of the 2013 Gotham Awards Director Tribute Award to Director Richard Linklater, to be presented by Actor Forest Whitaker

To get ourselves in the lavish mood (and gracefully ignore all this turkey talk), we like to take the celebratory classic cocktail like the Raspberryoska (see recipe here) and top it with champagne. Sipping this brightly-colored, bubbly cocktail, we kick back and wonder if it would be odd to pick a dress to match our cocktail rather than our shoes…

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Stay tuned for our coverage of the special night, which takes place this Monday, December 2nd.

Davai!

– Ava

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About the Gotham Independent Film Awards™

The Gotham Independent Film Awards, selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.

About IFP

After debuting with a program in the 1979 New York Film Festival, the nonprofit IFP has evolved into the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, and also the premier advocate for them. Since its start, IFP has supported the production of 7,000 films and provided resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers’ voices that otherwise might not have been heard. IFP believes that independent films broaden the palette of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness, and fostering activism.

About Russian Standard Vodka

Russian Standard is more than a name it’s a promise to give vodka lovers around the world a new standard in vodka. Where once drinkers had to choose between a pure vodka or a vodka with good taste, now drinkers can have both.

Created by combining state-of-the-art distillation techniques with time honored traditions and crafted using the finest ingredients of winter wheat and water of glacial origin, Russian Standard Vodka is the benchmark for excellence in the homeland of vodka.