Source: Searchlight Pictures


Nomadland picked up its second and third awards in three days as it won best feature and the IFP Gotham Audience Award at the 30th annual Gotham Awards on Monday (January 11).

Searchlight Pictures’ drama directed by Chloé Zhao topped the National Society Of Film Critics vote at the weekend and is gathering impressive momentum during awards season and prevailed in a category where women directed every nominee.

In a strong night for British talent Riz Ahmed won best actor for Sound Of Metal, Kingsley Ben-Adir of One Night In Miami emerged victorious in the Breakthrough Actor contest, and Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You won Breakthrough Series – Short Format (under 40 minutes).

Nicole Beharie was named best actress for Miss Juneteenth, and the screenplay prize was split between Radha Blank for The Forty-Year-Old Version and Dan Sallitt for Fourteen.

Fernanda Valadez’s Identifying Features (Mexico) was named best international feature, while A Thousand Cuts by Ramona Diaz and Garrett Bradley’s Time shared documentary honours.

Andrew Patterson won the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award for his sci-fi mystery The Vast Of Night, which has consistently drawn praise since it premiered in Slamdance two years ago.

Kelly Reichardt’s period drama First Cow emerged without a single prize after starting the night on the most nominations – four – for best feature, screenplay, best actor, and breakthrough actor.

The late Chadwick Boseman was honoured with a posthumous Gothams Actor Tribute, and his fellow Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star Viola Davis received the Actress Tribute.

Jeffrey Wright accepted the 2020 “Made in NY” Award from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Steve McQueen received the director tribute, and Ryan Murphy received the industry tribute.

The prizes were announced at a virtual ceremony from Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Last week IFP rebranded as The Gotham Film & Media Institute, or The Gotham.

The winners appear below in bold:

Best Feature

The Assistant (Dir. Kitty Green, Bleecker Street)

First Cow (Dir. Kelly Reichardt, A24)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Dir. Eliza Hittman, Focus Features)

Nomadland (Dir. Chloé Zhao, Searchlight Pictures)

Relic (Dir. Natalie Erika James, IFC Midnight)

Best Documentary

76 Days (Dirs. Hao Wu, Weixi Chen, Anonymous, MTV Documentary Films)

City Hall (Dir. Frederick Wiseman, Zipporah Films)

Our Time Machine (Dirs. Yang Sun, S. Leo Chiang, Passion River Films)

=A Thousand Cuts (Dir. Ramona S. Diaz, PBS Distribution | Frontline)

=Time (Dir. Garrett Bradley, Amazon Studios)

Best International Feature

Bacurau (Bra-Fr. Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho, Kino Lorber)

Beanpole (Rus-US. Dir. Kantemir Balagov, Kino Lorber)

Cuties (Fr. Dir. Maïmouna Doucouré,Netflix)

Identifying Features (Mex-Sp. Dir. Fernanda Valadez, Kino Lorber)

Martin Eden (It-Fr. Dir. Pietro Marcello, Kino Lorber)

Wolfwalkers (Ire-Lux. Dir. Tomm Moore, GKIDS/Apple)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version (Netflix)

Channing Godfrey Peoples, Miss Juneteenth (Vertical Entertainment)

Alex Thompson, Saint Frances (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Carlo Mirabella-Davis, Swallow (IFC Films)

Andrew Patterson, The Vast Of Night (Amazon Studios)

Best Screenplay

Bad Education, Mike Makowsky (HBO)

First Cow, Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt (A24)

=The Forty-Year-Old Version, Radha Blank (Netflix)

=Fourteen, Dan Sallitt (Grasshopper Film)

The Vast Of Night, James Montague, Craig Sanger (Amazon Studios)

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed, Sound Of Metal (Amazon Studios)

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)

Jude Law, The Nest (IFC Films)

John Magaro, First Cow (A24)

Jesse Plemons, I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (Netflix)

Best Actress

Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth (Vertical Entertainment)

Jessie Buckley, I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (Netflix)

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari (A24)

Carrie Coon, The Nest (IFC Films)

Frances McDormand, Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

Breakthrough Actor

Jasmine Batchelor, The Surrogate (Monument Releasing)

Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night In Miami… (Amazon Studios)

Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Focus Features)

Orion Lee, First Cow (A24)

Kelly O’Sullivan, Saint Frances (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Breakthrough Series – Long Format (over 40 minutes)

The Great (Hulu)

Immigration Nation (Netflix)

P-Valley (Starz)

Unorthodox (Netflix)

Watchmen (HBO)

Breakthrough Series – Short Format (under 40 minutes)

Betty (HBO)

Dave (FX Networks)

I May Destroy You (HBO)

Taste The Nation (Hulu)

Work In Progress (Showtime).