At the 31st Gotham Awards, the annual New York indie cinema festival that serves as a raucous beginning to Oscar season, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Elena Ferrante adaption “The Lost Daughter” received four Gotham Awards, including best feature picture.
“The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain,” a drama based on the 2011 police killing in White Plains, New York, won breakout director and best script, while actor Olivia Colman split the prize for outstanding lead performance with Frankie Faison. “The Lost Daughter,” a Netflix film, will be released in cinemas on December 17th.
The Gothams, as one of the first stops on the long road to the Oscars, were the first major attempt since the epidemic began to summon all of the season’s typical glamor and grandeur on Monday evening. Kristen Stewart, Tessa Thompson, and Dakota Johnson were among the celebrities that walked the red carpet.
Attendees were forced to provide evidence of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test inside the packed banquet venue. Last year’s Gotham Awards (where “Nomadland” took home the top prize) were hosted remotely, with victors collecting their prizes through Zoom and an online poker platform that digitally seated visitors at tables.
Despite the recent discovery of the omicron strain spooking a film industry still recovering from the epidemic, the Gothams returned to usual this year — even if they tweaked certain customs.
The Gothams were shown without gendered acting categories for the first time. While the season’s biggest award ceremonies — the Oscars, Emmys, and Tonys — haven’t yet made the switch, the Gothams are among a growing number of organizations that have done so, including the Grammys and the MTV Film and TV Awards.
This was praised many times throughout Monday night’s event. Ethan Hawke, a co-winner for his role in the series “The Good Lord Bird,” admitted that he had no idea what the other categories meant in the first place.
At the Gothams, which was originally a more focused celebration of independent film, other lines started to blur. Netflix’s “Squid Game,” a pop-culture smash that has been watched for more than 2 billion hours, was one of the series winners. Speeches at the Gothams have frequently lauded indie film’s hard labor and sometimes unseen benefits.
The Gothams’ nominees and winners (save for best film) are determined by juries. They chose multiple winners in a few categories, such as outstanding lead performance, when Colman and Faison both won from a pool of ten nominations.
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