Gotham Awards: Best Feature Category Dominated By Female Filmmakers

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.

BEST FEATURE

The Assistant
First Cow
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Nomadland
Relic

BEST DOCUMENTARY

76 Days
City Hall
Our Time Machine
A Thousand Cuts
Time

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

Bacurau
Beanpole
Cuties (Mignonnes)
Identifying Features
Martin Eden
Wolfwalkers

BEST ACTOR

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

BEST ACTRESS

Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth
Jessie Buckley, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Carrie Coon, The Nest
Frances McDormand, Nomadland

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR

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

BEST SCREENPLAY

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)

The Great
Immigration Nation
P-Valley
Unorthodox
Watchmen

BREAKTHROUGH SERIES (UNDER 40 MINUTES)

Betty
Dave
I May Destroy You
Taste the Nation
Work in Progress

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.