The nominees for the 30th annual Gotham Awards have been revealed, marking what can be considered the official kickoff to awards season. While this isn’t something we would normally cover, this year it’s special not only because of the pandemic-altered movie year, but for the first time ever the Best Feature category is dominated by female filmmakers.
The Best Feature category includes Kitty Green’s The Assistant, First Cow by Kelly Reichardt, Nomadland by Chloe Zhao, Relic by Natalie Erika James, and Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always.
Leading the way with three total nominations was First Cow, including a Best Actor nom for John Magaro and Breakthrough Actor for co-star Orion Lee.
Surprisingly, Minari, a film many consider a Best Picture Oscar contender, only managed one nomination for actress Yuh–Jung Youn. Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things managed a nom for star Jessie Buckley and actor Jesse Plemons, but didn’t make the Feature cut.
In his final screen role, Chadwick Boseman was a Best Actor nominee for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
In a couple of nominations that make me personally happy, sci-fi standout The Vast of Night found its way into the Best Screenplay field, while Nicole Behari’s winning performance in Miss Juneteenth has her up for Best Actress.
You can check out the full list of nominees below. The Gotham Awards will be presented on January 11th.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Our Time Machine
A Thousand Cuts
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
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
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
Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami…
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Orion Lee, First Cow
Kelly O’Sullivan, Saint Frances
Bad Education, Mike Makowsky
First Cow, Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt
The Forty-Year-Old Version, Radha Blank
Fourteen, Dan Sallitt
The Vast of Night, James Montague, Craig Sanger
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
BREAKTHROUGH SERIES (OVER 40 MINUTES)
BREAKTHROUGH SERIES (UNDER 40 MINUTES)
I May Destroy You
Taste the Nation
Work in Progress