With the book closed on Thanksgiving, the film industry is moving headlong into its compressed awards season, one of whose unofficial kickoffs is happening tonight in New York: the 29th edition of the IFP Gotham Awards.
As a light snowstorm hit the city Monday night, talent and execs from the specialty sector converged on Cipriani Wall Street. The field of nominees is led by A24 and Netflix. The latter company snagged 10 nominations, led by Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story. A24 has three of the five Best Feature nominees in The Farewell, Uncut Gems and Waves. Hustlers, the STX film starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, is also up for the big prize, along with Marriage Story.
Big individual names getting the call today include Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems, Awkwafina for the Sundance hit The Farewell, Elisabeth Moss for Her Smell and Alfre Woodard for Clemency in the acting categories. Olivia Wilde also scored a Breakthrough Director nom for UA Releasing’s Booksmart.
The IFP is also giving out honorary awards at the ceremony: Laura Dern will receive the Actress Tribute, Sam Rockwell the Actor Tribute, Ava DuVernay the Directors Tribute and Glen Basner the Industry Tribute.
Last year, the Gothams’ Best Feature field included eventual multiple Oscar nominees The Favourite and If Beale Street Could Talk, while the top prize went Chloe Zhao’s The Rider. By and large, the winners didn’t closely correlate with the top nominees and winners at the Oscars, but that didn’t dim the enthusiasm for the 28th edition, held when the field lay wide open ahead.
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