Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Nomadland” Sweeps Gotham Awards with Best Feature, Audience Award on Its Way to the Oscars


“Nomadland” directed by Chloe Zhao swept the Gotham Awards tonight, winning Best Feature and the Audience Award.

The only award Nomadland lost was Best Actress. In an upset, Nicole Beharie won Best Actress for “Miss Juneteenth.”

The late Chadwick Boseman lost Best Actor to Riz Ahmed, for “The Sound of Metal.” They will each likely get Oscar nominations.

Presented virtually in a very clever way, the Gothams ran two hours and fifteen minutes and were full of fun, surprise winners, and lots of taken aback speakers. It wasn’t as good as being there live, but they did alright.

The Gothams are usually presented on the Monday after Thanksgiving, so they were late. The juries decide the awards in early fall, so many films weren’t available to them yet. But that’s ok this year.  “Nomadland” is exceptional, and on its way to the Oscar win for Best Picture.

There were tributes to Viola Davis, Ryan Murphy, and an Ensemble Award to Aaron Sorkin’s excellent “Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Best foreign film went to “Identifying Features.”

There were two ties: for screenplay, and for documentary. The screenplay awards went to “Forty Year Old Version” and “14.”

The documentary winners were “Time,” produced by the Obamas for Netflix, and “A Thousand Cuts.”

Compete official list coming….



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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