Two red-hot Oscar contenders — “The Favourite” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” — earned nominations at the Gotham Awards on Thursday. Both vie for Best Feature as do “First Reformed,” “Madeline’s Madeline” and “The Rider.” The three leading ladies of “The Favourite” — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — were singled out for a special award while “Beale Street” ingenue Kiki Layne competes for the newcomer award.
Although Oscar hopefuls “BlacKkKlansman,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me” and “Roma” were snubbed in the Best Feature race, each of these acclaimed films did merit mention elsewhere. The first two are represented in the Best Actor race by Richard E. Grant and Adam Driver respectively. And “Roma” reaped a bid for newcomer Yalitza Aparicio.
The Gotham Awards don’t distinguish between leading and featured roles. The Best Actor roster is rounded out by Ben Foster (“Leave No Trace”), Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”) and Lakeith Stanfield (“Sorry to Bother You”).
With “The Favourite” cast out of the running, there was room in the Best Actress race for Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Toni Collette (“Hereditary”), Kathryn Hahn (“Private Life”), Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”) and Michelle Pfeiffer (“Where is Kyra?”).
Aparicio and Layne vie for Best Newcomer against Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”), Helena Howard (“Madeline’s Madeline”) and Harcourt McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”).
These prizes are presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project to honor the best in indie cinema. Nominations were determined by committees of film critics, journalists, festival programmers, and film curators. Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors and others directly involved in making films will determine the winners. The 28th annual awards ceremony will be held on Monday, Nov. 26 at Cipriani Wall Street.
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