The Gotham Awards Find a Big Winner in ‘the Lost Daughter’

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In many ways, this year’s Gotham Awards couldn’t have been able to be in more in the moment. Vaccination cards and a recent negative Covid test report were required for entry.

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The acting categories were had been stripped of gender binaries.

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And two sign-language interpreters were also stationed to make sure that deaf and hard-of-hearing attendees would be able to celebrate in the real time.

But the real meat of the show is the schmoozing and the stargazing and the buzz-measuring. It felt utterly business as usual. And that may had the night’s biggest win.

The Gothams had presented by the Gotham Film & Media Institute and have always prided themselves on being the first significant awards show of the season.

They fete winners before most of the groups have even being announced their nominees. Last year, it had meant to the Gotham’s were the first to attempt a big awards show over the Zoom app, and it is like the telecasts that would follow and the ceremony had been airless and full of baffled cues.

Instead of delivering joyful acceptance speeches to the most winners which are sat motionless in front of a webcam and wondered if it was their time to speak.

This year, the Gothams had been returned to Cipriani Wall Street and you have hardly known there has an interruption at all. While last year’s event had been virtual and glitchy and this year’s was in-person and boozy.

Before the show had shown several attendees which are remarked on how surreal the reunion felt, but once things got started only the disrupters acknowledged from the stage were the usual coterie of producers, agents and of the streaming services.

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In the year 2019, when the last Gothams held in person on Netflix’s “Marriage Story” which had won so many awards that the director Noah Baumbach had appeared sheepish at the end of the night.

This year, it was the streamer’s maternal melodrama “The Lost Daughter” that had been prevailed to an extent that one of its stars, Dakota Johnson, called upon to stage to present the best-feature award and had remarked by “Bet you guys are real sick of us, huh?”

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