Chloe Zhao’s The Rider from SPC was named best feature at the 2018 Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday night (26), while A24 continued its impressive awards season with five wins to follow a strong showing at the recent Spirit Awards nominations.
The annual ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York rewarded A24, as Ethan Hawke and Paul Schrader earned best actor and best screenplay, respectively, for First Reformed, while Toni Collette took best actress for Hereditary.
The distributor’s Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher prevailed among a field of all-female breakthrough actor nominees, and writer-director Bo Burnham claimed the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award.
All three A24 titles figured prominently in the recent 34th Spirit Awards nominations and remain a potent force as a slew of critics groups prepare to announce their winners in the traditional year-end salvo. Industry observers are also talking of First Reformed and Hereditary’s Collette as potential Oscar nominees.
Academy Award hopeful The Favourite started the night with three nominations and by the end Fox Searchlight’s Restoration comedy emerged with a sole win in the Jury Award for Ensemble Performance that honoured Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone.
Weisz received a tribute at the ceremony, as did At Eternity’s Gate star Willem Dafoe, 22 July director Paul Greengrass, and documentary producer Jon Kamen. Sandra Lee collected the “Made in NY” award.
Full list of winners:
The Favourite (Fox Searchlight)
First Reformed (A24)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Madeline’s Madeline (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
WINNER – The Rider (SPC)
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Ben Foster, Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street)
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
WINNER – Ethan Hawke, First Reformed (A24)
Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry To Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
Glenn Close, The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics)
WINNER – Toni Collette, Hereditary (A24)
Kathryn Hahn, Private Life (Netflix)
Regina Hall, Support The Girls (Magnolia Pictures)
Michelle Pfeiffer, Where is Kyra? (Paladin, Great Point Media)
Yalitza Aparicio, ROMA (Netflix)
WINNER – Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade (A24)
Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
KiKi Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ari Aster, Hereditary (A24)
WINNER – Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade (A24)
Jennifer Fox, The Tale (HBO)
Crystal Moselle, Skate Kitchen (Magnolia Pictures)
Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Alias Grace (Netflix)
The End of the F***ing World (Netflix)
WINNER – Killing Eve (BBC America)
Pose (FX Networks)
Sharp Objects (HBO)
Breakthrough Series – Short Form
WINNER – 195 Lewis
The F Word
She’s The Ticket
The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (Fox Searchlight)
WINNER – First Reformed, Paul Schrader (A24)
Private Life, Tamara Jenkins (Netflix)
Support The Girls, Andrew Bujalski (Magnolia Pictures)
Thoroughbreds, Cory Finley (Focus Features)
Bisbee ‘17 (4th Row Films)
WINNER – Hale County This Morning, This Evening (The Cinema Guild)
Minding The Gap (Hulu, Magnolia Pictures)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features)
Jury Award for Ensemble Performance
Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone, The Favourite (Fox Searchlight)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features).