The Gotham Film and Media Institute’s 30th annual Gotham Awards took place on Monday night and although the ceremony was virtual, the joy of the independent film world was still felt from the live event from Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
IFP Executive Director Jeffrey Sharp welcomed the virtual audience and the night featured a handful of in-person presenters including Renee Elise Goldsberry, Cristin Milioti, Hunter Schafer, Padma Lakshmi, Michael Shannon and Noma Dumezweni as well as remote presenters such as Zachary Quinto, Lupita Nyong’o, Anthony Mackie, Rebecca Hall and Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.
Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland took the honor for Best Feature and won the Gotham Audience Award. The Best Documentary was awarded to both Ramona Diaz’s A Thousand Cuts and Garrett Bradley’s Time. Fernanda Valadez’s Identifying Features nabbed the inaugural Gotham Award for Best International Feature.
On the acting side, Sound of Metal’s Riz Ahmed and Miss Juneteenth’s Nicole Beharie won Best Actor and Best Actress respectively while Kingsley Ben-Adir took home the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor for his turn as Malcolm X in Regina King’s One Night in Miami…
For series, Michaela Coel’s critically acclaimed and profound I May Destroy You won for Breakthrough Series – Short Format while 11-time Emmy winning HBO comic/sci-fi series Watchmen won for Breakthrough Series – Long Format.
In addition, Moonlight actor Andre Holland honored the late, great Chadwick Boseman with a posthumous Actor Tribute and Viola Davis with an Actress Tribute.
Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward was on hand virtually and shared emotional words “He was blessed to live many lives in his concentrated life,” she said. “He harnessed the power of letting go and letting God’s love shine through.”
“Thank you for giving Chad these gifts,” she said. “It’s an honor to receive this award on behalf of my husband.”
Holding back tears, she closed, “Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us.”
Steve McQueen earned the Director’s Tribute while Ryan Murphy was honored with an Industry Tribute. The Gotham Awards also introduced the inaugural Ensemble Tribute which was given to the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated actor Jeffrey Wright added another trophy to his mantle with the Made in N.Y. Award, which recognizes the achievements of people and organizations that have made significant contributions to New York City’s entertainment and digital media industries over the course of their careers.
Read the full list of winners below.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
BEST DOCUMENTARY – TIE
Our Time Machine
*WINNER* A Thousand Cuts
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
*WINNER* Identifying Features
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
*WINNER* Andrew Patterson, The Vast of Night
BEST SCREENPLAY – TIE
Bad Education, Mike Makowsky
First Cow, Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt
*WINNER* The Forty-Year-Old Version, Radha Blank
*WINNER* Fourteen, Dan Sallitt
The Vast of Night, James Montague, Craig Sanger
*WINNER* Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Jude Law in The Nest
John Magaro, First Cow
Jesse Plemons, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
*WINNER* Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth
Jessie Buckley, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Carrie Coon, The Nest
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Jasmine Batchelor, The Surrogate
*WINNER* Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami…
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Orion Lee, First Cow
Kelly O’Sullivan, Saint Frances
BREAKTHROUGH SERIES – LONG FORMAT (40-PLUS MINUTES PER EPISODE)
BREAKTHROUGH SERIES – SHORT FORMAT (LESS THAN 40 MINUTES PER EPISODE)
*WINNER* I May Destroy You
Taste the Nation
Work in Progress
The cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7: Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Alex Sharp, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Caitlin Fitzgerald, Alice Kremelberg, and Ben Shenkman.
MADE IN N.Y. AWARD
GOTHAM AUDIENCE AWARD