The Independent Filmmaker Project announced the winners for the 28th Annual IFP Gotham Awards in New York City on Monday night, with Chloe Zhao’s rodeo drama The Rider beating out major awards contenders like The Favourite and If Beale Street Could Talk for the Best Feature prize.
It was also a big night for NY-based distributor A24, which managed to pick up five awards over the course of the night, including Best Actor for Ethan Hawke for his performance in First Reformed and Best Actress for Toni Collette her performance in Hereditary.
“We live in a moment, a time period, with a void of political and spiritual leadership,” Hawke said as he accepted his award. “In that kind of time period, a heavy burden falls to the artist because we, the artistic community, people in this room and elsewhere, can transcend minds and open hearts that are normally closed.”
A24’s coming-of-age dramedy Eighth Grade won big as well, with Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher picking up the awards for Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor, respectively. The latter category was made up entirely of women and included the likes of Roma‘s Yalizta Aparicio and Beale Street‘s Kiki Layne.
“This is really just another award for Elsie Fisher,” Burnham said as he picked up the Breakthrough Director award. Other nominees in that category included Ari Aster for Hereditary and Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You.
The nominating committee for the Gotham Awards, which is made up of a group of film critics, journalists, festival programmers, and film curators, voted to award a Special Jury Award to Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz for their ensemble performance in The Favourite.
“Independent films are often really, really hard to get made,” Weisz said as she accepted the honor, which was presented by Michael Sheen. “The films are bold and dangerous and they’re also really fragile. That’s why I’m proud to get this award from IFP because for 40 years they’ve been helping independent filmmakers.”
You can check out the complete list of winners from the 2018 Gotham Awards below.
The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos, director (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
First Reformed, Paul Schrader, director (A24)
If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins, director (Annapurna Pictures)
Madeline’s Madeline, Josephine Decker, director (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
WINNER: The Rider, Chloé Zhao, director (Sony Pictures Classics)
Bisbee ‘17, Robert Greene, director (4th Row Films)
WINNER: Hale County This Morning, This Evening, RaMell Ross, director (The Cinema Guild)
Minding the Gap, Bing Liu, director (Hulu & Magnolia Pictures)
Shirkers, Sandi Tan, director (Netflix)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Morgan Neville, director (Focus Features)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ari Aster for Hereditary (A24)
WINNER: Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade (A24)
Jennifer Fox for The Tale (HBO)
Crystal Moselle for Skate Kitchen (Magnolia Pictures)
Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
WINNER: First Reformed, Paul Schrader (A24)
Private Life, Tamara Jenkins (Netflix)
Support the Girls, Andrew Bujalski (Magnolia Pictures)
Thoroughbreds, Cory Finley (Focus Features)
Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Ben Foster in Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street)
Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
WINNER: Ethan Hawke in First Reformed (A24)
Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
Glenn Close in The Wirfe (Sony Pictures Classics)
WINNER: Toni Collette in Hereditary (A24)
Kathryn Hahn in Private Life (Netflix)
Regina Hall in Support the Girls (Magnolia Pictures)
Michelle Pfeiffer in Where Is Kyra? (Paladin and Great Point Media)
*The 2018 Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award to Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz for their ensemble performance in The Favourite. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Yalitza Aparicio in Roma (Netflix)
WINNER: Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade (A24)
Helena Howard in Madeline’s Madeline (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
KiKi Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street)
Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Alias Grace, Sarah Polley, Mary Harron, Noreen Halpern, executive producers (Netflix)
Big Mouth, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, creators; Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett, executive producers (Netflix)
The End of the F***ing World, Andy Baker, Murray Ferguson, Petra Fried, Ed MacDonald, Dominic Buchanan, Jonathan Entwistle, executive producers (Netflix)
WINNER: Killing Eve, Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, executive producers (BBC America)
Pose, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, creators; Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, executive producers (FX Networks)
Sharp Objects, Marti Noxon, creator; Marti Noxon, Jason Blum, Gillian Flynn, Amy Adams, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg, Charles Layton, Marci Wiseman, Jessica Rhoades, executive producers (HBO)
Breakthrough Series – Short Form
WINNER: 195 Lewis, Chanelle Aponte Pearson and Rae Leone Allen, creators
Cleaner Daze, Tess Sweet and Daniel Gambelin, creators
Distance, Alex Dobrenko, creator
The F Word, Nicole Opper, creator
She’s the Ticket, Nadia Hallgren, creator
Lili Taylor and Stefania LaVie Owen to star in the coming-of-age indie drama ‘Paper Spiders’
Lili Taylor and Stefania LaVie Owen have been cast as the leads in Inon Shampanier’s indie drama Paper Spiders, a bittersweet story about coming-of-age in the shadow of mental illness. The film is expected to begin production in Syracuse, New York later this month.
Written by Inon and Natalie Shampanier, Paper Spiders follows Melanie (Owen), a high school senior struggling to help her mother Dawn (Taylor), whose paranoid delusions spiral out of control.
“I am thrilled to work with these incredibly talented actresses,” Inon Shampanier said in a statement. “Lili Taylor and Stefania Owen bring great tenderness and depth to this mother-daughter story.”
Anne Clements is producing Paper Spiders for Idiot Savant Pictures along with Ash Christian for Cranium Entertainment.
Taylor, repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment, was seen most recently in last year’s The Nun, where she reprised her role from the 2013 blockbuster horror hit The Conjuring. She can be seen next in the upcoming indie The Evening Hour.
Owen is repped by McKeon/Myones Entertainment and Paradigm Talent Agency and can currently be seen onscreen starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in Harmony Korine’s stoner comedy The Beach Bum. She’ll appear next in Netflix‘s thriller The Messiah.
Inon and Natalie Shampanier, whose previous credits include 2015’s Beautiful & Twisted and 2012’s The Millionaire Tour, are repped by Chris Sablan of Avenue 220 and attorney Jacob Shapira.
John David Washington, Alicia Vikander, Vicky Krieps join ‘Born to Be Murdered’ cast
John David Washington, Alicia Vikander, Vicky Krieps, and Boyd Holbrook are set to lead the ensemble cast of the Luca Guadagnino-produced thriller Born to Be Murdered, which is currently shooting in Greece and is expected to be a hot item at the Cannes market next month.
The project will mark the English-language debut of Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, Guadagnino’s husband and the great-nephew of legendary Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, who is directing the film from a script written by Kevin Rice, according to Deadline.
Born to Be Murdered, which Cito Filomarino says will be his “take on the manhunt thriller,” follows a couple vacationing in Greece, played by Washington and Vikander, who suddenly finds themselves falling prey to a violent conspiracy with tragic consequences.
“I have worked for years in creating its specific tone and story with the tireless support of my writer Kevin Rice, and I am honored to have the extraordinary John David Washington join me to portray the restless and conflicted journey of such a special character,” Cito Filomarino said.
He added, “I am thrilled and to be working with the wonderful Alicia Vikander, the beautifully intense Vicky Krieps, the superb Boyd Holbrook. With this incredible cast and with my unique collaborators, Born to Be Murdered will be a fantastic experience that pushes genre to a new place.”
Guadagnino and Marc Morabito will produce the film under their Frenesy Films banner along with Francesco Melzi and Gabriele Moratti, who will serve as co-producers on the project for MeMo Films, which is the film’s leader financier.
“We have been working with Ferdinando for ten years, following and supporting his career since the beginning,” the producers said in a joint statement. “He is an exciting new voice in international cinema, and with Born To Be Murdered, he has the chance to be embraced in a bigger scope and in partnership with such a prestigious cast, composed of some of the best and most interesting performers in the world.”
The film is expected to be released in 2020.
Netflix, other streamers score huge win as the Academy votes to leave eligibility rules intact
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Board of Governors voted late Tuesday night to approve several new rules and changes that will affect the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards in 2020, the most notable of which has to do with Rule Two; the Academy’s eligibility law.
The Board of Governors voted to maintain the rule, which states that, in order to be eligible for awards consideration, a film must have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theater, with at least three screenings per day for paid admission.
“We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” Academy president John Bailey said. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration.”
He added, “We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues.”
The vote is a huge win for streaming services like Netflix, which has long had a rather rocky relationship with the Academy, which was reportedly exploring the possibility of implementing new rules that would have significantly limited the Oscar eligibility of films that debut on Netflix and other streaming platforms.
The proposed changes were so alarming that the U.S. Justice Department sent the Academy a letter stating that the new rules could raise antitrust concerns and violate federal competition law.
Among the other notable changes approved by the Board of Governors includes the renaming of the Foreign Language Film category, which will now be known as the International Feature Film category, and the number of nominated films in the Makeup and Hairstyling category, which has been increased from three to five.