Golden Rule: Gotham Independent Film Awards Winners

Last night the Independent Film Project, a non profit group that helps independent filmmakers, gave out the Gotham Independent Film Awards which recognize the best in film for the past year. These awards are considered by some to be the true start to Oscar Season, and truly help get the ball rolling to see what films may win big in the coming months. Below we have a list of the nominees and winners, followed by a look into what this may mean for the Oscar race moving forward.

Best Feature:
Call Me By Your Name (Winner)
The Florida Project
Get Out
Good Time
I, Tonya

Best Documentary:
Strong Island (Winner)
Ex Libris
Rat Film
Whose Streets?
The Work

Director:Get Out Poster
Jordan Peele – Get Out (Winner)
Maggie Gerwig – Noviate
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Kogonada – Columbus
Joshua Z Weintein – Menashe

Best Screenplay:
Jordan Peele – Get Out (Winner)
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
Mike White – Brad’s Status
James Ivory – Call Me By Your Name
Kogonda – Columbus
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

Best Actor:
James Franco – The Disaster Artist (Winner)
William Dafoe – The Florida Project
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Robert Pattinson – Good Time
Adam Sandler – The Meyerowitz Stores (New and Selected)
Harry Dean Stanton – Lucky

Best Actress:
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird (Winner)
Melanie Lynskey – I Don’t Feel at Home In This World Anymore
Haley Lu Richardson – Cloumbus
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Lois Smith – Marjorie Prime

Breakthrough Series – Long Form:
Atlanta (Winner)
Better Things
Dear White People
Fleabag
Search Party

Breakthrough Series – Short Form:
The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (Winner)
555
Inconceivable
Junior
Let Me Die A Nun

Special Award for Best Ensemble:
Mudbound

Audience Award:
Get Out (Winner)
Call Me by Your Name
Columbus
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library
The Florida Project
Good Time
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
Menashe
Novitiate
Rat Film
Strong Island
Whose Streets?
The Work

So what does this tell us as of now for the Oscar Race? Nothing that we didn’t already know. Especially after the nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards were announced. Get Out, Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird and The Disaster Artist are the films to keep an eye on. They’re the four Independent films that have the best likelihood of being nominated at Every Awards going forward and taking home a lot of statues in the coming months. The big question moving forward will be how many big studio films bring in some wins and nominations as well.

So far only a few films outside of the films represented here (both in wins and nominations) have had a lot of word of mouth and. The Shape of Water is one, most who have seen it call it one of the best films of the year, if not the best. And Guillermo del Toro, the film’s director, is taking time off from starting his next film (Fox’s remake of Fantastic Voyage) to focus on The Shape of Water’s release and Awards campaigns. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is another big contender. With a lot of chatter around Francis McDormand’s leading role. Mudbound seems to be getting a lot of attention as well with Ensemble awards. But will the Academy award or even nominate a Netflix film? And if so, in what category. Films that are usually considered “ensemble pieces” tend to get a Picture nominee or director nod at the Oscars at times. But given the Academy’s slight reluctance to include streaming studios, we’ll see how things play out.

Next Month will see the nominations announced for the Annie Awards (Animation), Critics Choice, Golden Globes, and SAG (Screen Actors Guild). All of which will help paint a better picture for Oscar hopefuls. And January will bring the WGA (Writers Guild), PGA (Producers Guild), BAFTA (British Awards), and DGA (Directors Guild), all of which will help fill in the blanks before the Oscar Nominees are announced. We’ll be covering the majority of these as they come along, so be sure to keep checking back to see where things land in the Oscar Race.

Call Me Poster
Gotham Awards

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