With COVID-19 wrecking havoc on our way of life, it’s nice to be able to turn to staples like sports and awards season to take our mind off of it. This year looks a little different, as the Academy Awards have been pushed back until April. The first out of the gate still, will be the Independent Film Project’s Gotham Awards. The nominees were announced this week with the ceremony taking place on January 11, 2021 instead of its usual date of the Monday after Thanksgiving. Often these nominations will echo through the independent awards season capped off by the Independent Spirit Awards, but these films also find their way to the Oscars, with “Marriage Story” being the most recent example.

Best Feature

“The Assistant” • Bleecker Street
“First Cow” • A24
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” • Focus Features
“NOMADLAND” • Searchlight Pictures
“Relic” • IFC Midnight

Best Documentary

“76 Days” • MTV Documentary Films
“City Hall” • Zipporah Films, Inc.
“Our Time Machine” • Passion River Films
“A Thousand Cuts” • PBS Distribution | FRONTLINE
“Time” • Amazon Studios

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed — “Sound Of Metal” • Amazon Studios
Chadwick Boseman — “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” • Netflix
Jude Law — “The Nest” • IFC Films
John Magaro — “First Cow” • A24
Jesse Plemons — “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” • Netflix

Best Actress

Nicole Beharie — “Miss Juneteenth” • Vertical Entertainment
Jessie Buckley — “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” • Netflix
Carrie Coon — “The Nest” • IFC Films
Frances McDormand — “NOMADLAND” • Searchlight Pictures
Yuh-Jung Youn — “Minari” • A24

Breakthrough Actor

Jasmine Batchelor — “The Surrogate” • Monument Releasing
Kingsley Ben-Adir — “One Night In Miami” • Amazon Studios
Sidney Flanigan — “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” • Focus Features
Orion Lee — “First Cow” • A24
Kelly O’Sullivan — “Saint Frances” • Oscilloscope Laboratories

Bingham Ray
Breakthrough Director Award

Radha Blank — “The Forty-Year-Old Version” • Netflix
Carlo Mirabella-Davis — “Swallow” • IFC Films
Andrew Patterson — “The Vast Of Night” • Amazon Studios
Channing Godfrey Peoples — “Miss Juneteenth” • Vertical Entertainment
Alex Thompson — “Saint Frances” • Oscilloscope Laboratories

Best Screenplay

“Bad Education” — Mike Makowsky • HBO
“First Cow” — Jon Raymond & Kelly Reichardt • A24
“The Forty-Year-Old Version” — Radha Blank • Netflix
“Fourteen” — Dan Sallitt • Grasshopper Films
“The Vast Of Night” — James Montague and Craig Sanger • Amazon Studios

Best International Feature

“Bacurau” • Kino Lorber
“Beanpole” • Kino Lorber
“Cuties” (Mignonnes) • Netflix
“Identifying Features” • Kino Lorber
“Martin Eden” • Kino Lorber
“Wolfwalkers” • Apple

Breakthrough Series – Long Form
(Over 40 Minutes)

“The Great” • Hulu
“Immigration Nation” • Netflix
“P-Valley” • Starz
“Unorthodox” • Netflix
“Watchmen” • HBO

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
(Under 40 Minutes)

“Betty” • HBO
“DAVE” • FX Networks
“I May Destroy You” • HBO
“Taste the Nation” • Hulu
“Work in Progress” • Showtime

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