2021 Gotham Awards: 'Lost Daughter,' 'Passing' Top Nominations

Netflix's "Lost Daughter" and "Passing" lead the nominations for the 31st Gotham Independent Film Awards. A24 becomes the studio to beat.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Gotham Awards - Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in "Passing."

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

The race to the 94th Academy Awards has officially kicked off with this morning's announcement of this year's Gotham Award nominees. Leading the charge are Netflix's "The Lost Daughter" and "Passing." Both films are from first-time directors and women -- Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Hall, respectively. While Netflix has the two main titles, A24 remains the studio to beat with ten nominations.

This year's Gotham Awards also marks the first time a major film awards ceremony has shifted to gender-neutral acting categories. Gotham's Outstanding Lead Performance and Outstanding Supporting Performance replace the four categories previously split between actors and actresses. Female performers landed the most nods across the categories. The third acting category, Breakthrough Performance, has always been gender-neutral, but it was swept by women this year.

The acting categories have several performers to watch this awards season. This includes Olivia Colman in "The Lost Daughter," Joaquin Phoenix in "C'mon C'mon," Oscar Isaac in "The Card Counter," Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga in "Passing," and Taylour Paige and Colman Domingo in "Zola." Newcomer Jessie Buckley will likely also stand out for her breakout performance in Apple's "CODA."

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

On the non-fiction side, Questlove's Sundance standout "Summer of Soul" is shaping up to be the documentary to beat this year. Along with the music doc's nod is Jessica Kingdon's "Ascension" for MTV Documentary Films. Both docs are also leading the Critics Choice Documentary Awards, which announced their nominations earlier in the week.

There usually is little cross-over between the Gotham nominees and winners and those of the Oscars, but a Gotham nod and win does increase the visibility of the honored filmmakers, actors, and their films. Last year's big winner was Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland," which ended up taking Best Picture. This typically is not the case, as Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story" landed the top prize in 2019, while Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" won Best Picture. Regardless, at this point, the race to the Oscars is anyone's game.

The 31st Gotham Independent Film Awards will be held on November 29. The ceremony will be back to an in-person event this year in New York City. Check out the full list of nominees below.

Best Feature

  • "The Green Knight" (A24)
  • "The Lost Daughter" (Netflix)
  • "Passing" (Netflix)
  • "Pig" (Neon)
  • "Test Pattern" (Kino Lorber)

Best Documentary Feature

  • "Ascension"
  • "Faya Dayi"
  • "Flee"
  • "President"
  • "Summer of Soul"

Best International Feature

  • "Azor"
  • "Drive My Car"
  • "The Souvenir Part II"
  • "Titane"
  • "What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?"
  • "The Worst Person in the World"

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal - "The Lost Daughter"
  • Edson Oda - "Nine Days"
  • Emma Seligman - "Shiva Baby"
  • Shatara Michelle Ford - "Test Pattern"

Best Screenplay

  • Paul Schrader - "The Card Counter"
  • Amalia Ulman - "El Planeta"
  • David Lowery - "The Green Knight"
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal - "The Lost Daughter"
  • Rebecca Hall - "Passing"
  • Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch - "Red Rocket"

Outstanding Lead Performance

  • Olivia Colman - "The Lost Daughter"
  • Frankie Faison - "The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain"
  • Michael Greyeyes - "Wild Indian"
  • Brittany S. Hall - "Test Pattern"
  • Oscar Isaac - "The Card Counter"
  • Taylour Paige - "Zola"
  • Joaquin Phoenix - "C'mon C'mon"
  • Simon Rex - "Red Rocket"
  • Lili Taylor - "Paper Spiders"
  • Tessa Thompson - "Passing"

Outstanding Supporting Performance

  • Reed Birney - "Mass"
  • Jessie Buckley - "The Lost Daughter"
  • Colman Domingo - "Zola"
  • Gaby Hoffmann - "C'mon C'mon"
  • Troy Kotsur - "CODA"
  • Marlee Matlin - "CODA"
  • Ruth Negga - "Passing"

Breakthrough Performer

  • Emilia Jones - "CODA"
  • Natalie Morales - "Language Lessons"
  • Rachel Sennott - "Shiva Baby"
  • Suzanna Son - "Red Rocket"
  • Amalia Ulman - "El Planeta"
Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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