The Gotham Awards honors some of the finest achievements in independent filmmaking. And this year’s nominees include some big names and big movies with big impact.
I’m glad Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons are being recognized with acting noms for their performances in Netflix’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”. Buckley in particular shows so much range with her role. She’s facing-off against Frances McDormand from the soon to be released “Nomadland”.
Riz Ahmed is incredible in “Sound of Metal” (on Prime Video Dec. 4). His category competition is Plemons, Jude Law (“The Nest”), John Magaro (“First Cow”) and the late Chadwick Boseman (for upcoming Netflix release “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”).
“The Assistant”, which I recently caught-up on, is one of the best movies of 2020. Thrilled this Bleecker Street drama is in the Best Feature category.
Shout-out to my friend Craig Sanger and his creative partner Andrew Patterson, who are in the Best Screenplay category for their Amazon sci-fi hit “The Vast of Night”. Joining them is Mike Makowsky who wrote HBO’s “Bad Education” (also one of 2020’s top films).
And there’s no Best Animated Feature category, but it’s nice to see “Wolfwalkers” in the Best International Feature lineup (it was made at Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon).
The 30th Annual Gotham Awards will take place in NYC and be livestreamed on Monday January 11th. More details coming soon.