“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….