Precursor: 28th Gotham Awards Nominations (2018)

With only a handful of categories, the Gotham Awards have been having a small impact on the indie cinema that becomes big contenders in Oscar season. First Reformed topped the list with three nominations while several others placed with two. The Favourite ended up with three citations, though one was a winner-only as best ensemble for stars Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, and Rachel Weisz, who were specifically excluded from the Best Actress race as a result.

Looking over the nominees, a few titles that one would have expected to see like BlacKkKlansman and Roma received only a single nominations, while several films that still aren’t on Oscar’s radar like First Reformed and Madeline’s Madeline did quite well. Whether this is instructive or not remains to be seen, but for right now, it’s an early look at what could be charging into the fall’s Oscar competition.

Award Tallies

(3) First Reformed
(2) Eighth Grade, The Favourite (3), Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace, Madeline’s Madeline, Private Life, Sorry to Bother You, Support the Girls

The Awards

Best Feature

The Favourite
First Reformed
If Beale Street Could Talk
Madeline’s Madeline
The Rider

Best Actor

Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Ben Foster – Leave No Trace
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
Lakeith Stanfield – Sorry to Bother You

Best Actress

Glenn Close – The Wife
Toni Collette – Hereditary
Kathryn Hahn – Private Life
Regina Hall – Support the Girls
Michelle Pfeiffer – Where is Kyra?

Best Screenplay

The Favourite
First Reformed
Private Life
Support the Girls
Thoroughbreds

Best Documentary

Bisbee ‘17
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Shirkers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Breakthrough Actor

Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Helena Howard – Madeline’s Madeline
KiKi Layne – If Beale Street Could Talk
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie – Leave No Trace

Breakthrough Director Award

Ari Aster – Hereditary
Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
Jennifer Fox – The Tale (HBO)
Crystal Moselle – Skate Kitchen
Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You

Best Ensemble Performance

Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Gotham Award Data

Year Founded: 1979
First Awards: 1991 (28)

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