‘Marriage Story’ sweeps the Gotham Awards including Best Feature in a dominant night for Netflix

Marriage Story” won Best Feature at the 2019 Gotham Awards honoring the best in independent film. It won everything else it was nominated for too: Best Actor (Adam Driver), Best Screenplay (Noah Baumbach) and the Audience Award. Those four victories made it by far the most awarded film of the night. Check out the complete list of winners here.

The Netflix drama about a couple’s contentious divorce was arguably the highest-profile awards contender in this year’s Gotham race, so it’s wave of support may not seem to surprising. But every category at these awards is decided by a different jury of five industry professionals, so all of them independently came to the conclusion that the film was the best of the year. For instance, the top prize was decided by director Scott Cooper, producer Josh Penn, cinematographer Rachel Morrison, and actors Uma Thurman and Aisha Tyler.

The only category that wasn’t juried was the Audience Award, which was decided by the members of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the organization that bestows the Gotham Awards. In that category it was up against the 14 other films that were nominated for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Breakthrough Director.

The Gotham Awards spread the wealth in the remainder of categories, but it was a good night for Netflix, which claimed more than half of the competitive awards presented (6 out of 10). In addition to the four for “Marriage Story,” the streaming service’s “American Factory” took Best Documentary and its limited series “When They See Us” (from special tribute honoree Ava DuVernay) won Breakthrough Series Long Form.

The rest of the awards went to “The Farewell” (Best Actress for Awkwafina), “The Mustang” (Breakthrough Director for Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre), “Waves” (Breakthrough Actor for Taylor Russell) and “Pen15” (Breakthrough Series Short Form). In addition to DuVernay’s honorary prize, special tributes were given to actors Laura Dern and Sam Rockwell and producer Glen Basner, while the Made in NY Award went to Emmy-winning documentarian Jason DaSilva.

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