The 30th Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Film Project (IFP), kicked the long, strange – and mostly virtual – 2020 awards season into high gear last night with Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" taking home Best Feature. Zhao's western drama is fastly becoming the movie to see this awards season. Director Zhao has already picked up five additional honors, so far, for "Nomadland" from critics associations across the country, along with the film itself being named as the best movie of the year.
Other Gotham Award winners include Riz Ahmed for "Sound of Metal," Nicole Beharie for "Miss Juneteenth," and Fernanda Valadez's drama "Identifying Figures" for Best International Feature. The awards also saw ties in two categories, with "A Thousand Cuts" and "Time" both winning for Best Documentary and Radha Blank and Dan Sallitt winning for their respective screenplays for "Forty-Year-Old Version" and "Fourteen."
Amazon Studios stood as the biggest winner of the night, with four wins apiece for "One Night in Miami" (Breakthrough Actor - Kingsley Ben-Adir), "Sound of Metal" (Best Actor - Ahmed), "The Vast of Night" (Breakthrough Director - Andrew Patterson) and "Time" (Best Non-Fiction Film).
While late actor Chadwick Boseman did not end up with an award for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," he was still duly honored. Actor Andre Holland, who starred alongside Boseman in the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," paid tribute to his fallen co-star along with Boseman's widow Taylor Simone Ledward, who tearfully referred to Boseman as "the most honest person I ever met." Ledward recalled how much Boseman touched the lives of all around him. "He was able to give himself over fully in every moment," Ledward said in tribute, "to be totally present in his own life and in the lives of people he became. He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one. He developed his understanding of what it meant to be the none, the one, and the all."
The recipient of the acting award, Ahmed also honored Boseman in his acceptance speech, saying "I found his work to be truly inspiring in the way he conducted himself with such dignity and such humanity, to be an example for all of us."
The full list of Gotham Awards winners and nominees are below.
- The Assistant
- First Cow
- Never Rarely Sometimes Always
- Nomadland - WINNER
- 76 Days
- City Hall
- Our Time Machine
- A Thousand Cuts - WINNER
- Time - WINNER
Best International Feature
- Cuties (Mignonnes)
- Identifying Features - WINNER
- Martin Eden
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
- Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version
- Channing Godfrey Peoples, Miss Juneteenth
- Alex Thompson, Saint Frances
- Carlo Mirabella-Davis, Swallow
- Andrew Patterson, The Vast of Night - WINNER
- Bad Education, Mike Makowsky
- First Cow, Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt
- The Forty-Year-Old Version, Radha Blank - WINNER
- Fourteen, Dan Sallitt - WINNER
- The Vast of Night, James Montague, Craig Sanger
- Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal - WINNER
- Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- Jude Law in The Nest
- John Magaro, First Cow
- Jesse Plemons, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
- Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth - WINNER
- Jessie Buckley, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
- Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
- Carrie Coon, The Nest
- Frances McDormand, Nomadland
- Jasmine Batchelor, The Surrogate
- Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami - WINNER
- Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
- Orion Lee, First Cow
- Kelly O'Sullivan, Saint Frances
Tributes & Special Awards
- Actress Tribute: Viola Davis
- Actor Tribute: Chadwick Boseman
- Ensemble Tribute: "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
- Director's Tribute: Steve McQueen
- Industry Tribute: Ryan Murphy
- Made in NY Award: Jeffrey Wright
- Gotham Audience Award: "Nomadland"
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