The 2023 Gotham Awards have marked a significant shift in the landscape of film recognition, embracing a diverse range of films and performances that challenge the traditional boundaries of indie cinema. With the removal of a longstanding budget cap, the awards have opened their doors to big-budget studio and streamer fare, while still maintaining a strong indie flavor.
Andrew Haigh‘s “All Of Us Strangers” has emerged as a frontrunner, leading the nominations with nods in several major categories including Best International Feature, Best Screenplay, and Outstanding Lead and Supporting Performances. This metaphysical drama delves into the complex journey of a gay man coming to terms with his past, showcasing the power of introspective storytelling.
The indie spirit of the Gotham Awards is further highlighted by Celine Song’s “Past Lives” and Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest,” both of which have received critical acclaim and nominations in multiple categories. “Past Lives,” a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between two childhood friends, and “The Zone of Interest,” a chilling look at Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss, exemplify the depth and diversity of stories that the Gotham Awards celebrate.
Ryan Gosling‘s nomination for his role in “Barbie” stands out as a testament to the awards’ evolving criteria. With the budget cap removal, Gosling’s performance in this high-profile film has found recognition alongside more traditional indie fare, highlighting the awards’ commitment to celebrating outstanding performances regardless of budget constraints.
The Gotham Awards have also made strides in inclusivity, with the 2021 decision to make acting awards gender-neutral. This move ensures that performances are recognized on the basis of merit, rather than being confined to traditional gender categories.
Special tributes at this year’s awards will honor iconic individuals and their stories, with Bradley Cooper‘s “Maestro,” Ben Affleck‘s “Air,” and George C. Wolfe‘s “Rustin” receiving accolades. These tributes underscore the awards’ dedication to celebrating the power of storytelling and the individuals who bring these stories to life.
As the first major awards show of the season, the Gotham Awards set the tone for the industry, highlighting the films and performances that have captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike. With its commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and the celebration of storytelling in all its forms, the 2023 Gotham Awards have ushered in a new era of film recognition, ensuring that the voices of all storytellers are heard and celebrated.
The Gotham Awards ceremony, where the winners will be announced, will be on November 27th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
2023 Gotham Awards Nominations List
Passages — dir. Ira Sachs
Past Lives — dir. Celine Song
Reality — dir. Tina Satter
Showing Up — dir. Kelly Reichardt
A Thousand and One — dir. A.V. Rockwell
Best International Feature
All of Us Stranger — dir. Andrew Haigh
Anatomy of a Fall — dir. Justine Triet
Poor Things — dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
Tótem — dir. Lila Avilés
The Zone of Interest — dir. Jonathan Glazer
Best Documentary Feature
20 Days in Mariupol — dir. Mstyslav Chernov
Against the Tide — dir. Sarvnik Kaur
Apolonia, Apolonia — dir. Lea Glob
Four Daughter — dir. Kaouther Ben Hania
Our Body — dir. Claire Simon
Breakthrough Director Award
Raven Jackson, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt
Georgia Oakley, Blue Jean
Michelle Garza Cervera, Huesera
Celine Song, Past Lives
A.V. Rockwell, A Thousand and One
All of Us Strangers — Andrew Haigh
Anatomy of a Fall — Justine Triet
May December — Samy Burch
R.M.N. — Cristian Mungiu
The Zone of Interest — Jonathan Glazer
Outstanding Lead Performance
Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Origin
Lily Gladstone, The Unknown Country
Greta Lee, Past Lives
Franz Rogowski, Passages
Babetida Sadjo, Our Father, the Devil
Andrew Scott, All of Us Strangers
Cailee Spaeny, Priscilla
Teyana Taylor, A Thousand and One
Michelle Williams, Showing Up
Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction
Outstanding Supporting Performance
Juliette Binoche, The Taste of Things
Penélope Cruz, Ferrari
Jamie Foxx, They Cloned Tyrone
Claire Foy, All of Us Strangers
Ryan Gosling, Barbie
Glenn Howerton, BlackBerry
Sandra Hüller, The Zone of Interest
Rachel McAdams, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Charles Melton, May December
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers
Breakthrough Series – Under 40 minutes
Beef — creator Lee Sung Jin
High School — creator Clea DuVall, Sara Quin, Tegan Quin
I’m a Virgo — creator Boots Riley
Rain Dogs — creator Cash Carraway
Swarm — creator Donald Glover, Janine Nabers
Breakthrough Series – Over 40 minutes
Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire — creator Rolin Jones
Dead Ringers — creator Alice Birch
The English — creator Hugo Blick
The Last of Us — creator Craig Mazin, Neil Druckmann
A Small Light — creator Tony Phelan, Joan Rater
Telemarketers — creator Adam Bhala Lough, Sam Lipman-Stern
Outstanding Performance in a New Series
Jacob Anderson, Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire
Dominique Fishback, Swarm
Jharrel Jerome, I’m a Virgo
Natasha Lyonne, Poker Face
Bel Powley, A Small Light
Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us
Chaske Spencer, The English
Rachel Weisz, Dead Ringers
Ali Wong, Beef
Steven Yeun, Beef
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