"The Lost Daughter," "Passing" Top Gotham Awards With 5 Nominations Each
Olivia Colman, background left, and Dakota Johnson in a scene from “The Lost Daughter.” (Netflix)
Best Feature nods go to "The Green Knight," "The Lost Daughter," "Passing," "Pig" and "Test Pattern"  
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The Gotham Film & Media Institute unveiled the nominations for the 31st Annual Gotham Awards, singling out 29 feature films, 16 series, and 32 performances for recognition in twelve award categories. Topping the feature field were The Lost Daughter and Passing with five nominations apiece.

Nominated for the marquee Best Feature honor, in addition to The Lost Daughter directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Passing helmed by Rebecca Hall, are: the David Lowery-directed The Green Knight; Pig directed by Michael Sarnoski; and Test Pattern from director Shatara Michelle Ford.

Nominees for the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award are Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter, Hall for Passing, Ford for Test Pattern, Edson Oda for Nine Days and Emma Seligman for Shiva Baby.

Up for Best Documentary Feature are Ascension from director Jessica Kingdon, Faya Dayi directed by Jessica Beshir, Flee helmed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, President directed by Camilla Nielsson, and the Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson-directed Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised.

In the running for long format (more than 40 minutes) Breakthrough Series are The Good Lord Bird, It’s A Sin, Small Axe, Squid Game, The Underground Railroad and The White Lotus

Vying for the short format (under 40 minuts) Breakthrough Series honor are Blindspotting, Hacks, Reservation Dogs, Run the World and We Are Lady Parts.

And nominated for Breakthrough Nonfiction Series are City So Real, Exterminate All the Brutes, How to with John Wilson, Philly D.A. and Pride.

“We congratulate the 2021 Gotham Award nominees and look forward to celebrating together live and in person in a few weeks. This year, as previously noted, we are proud to introduce gender neutral categories for our acting awards as we continue to execute upon our mission to champion inclusivity and celebrate the boldest storytellers in the world,” said Jeffrey Sharp, executive director of The Gotham.

In addition to making all performance categories gender neutral, those categories have been restructured into Outstanding Leading and Supporting Performance categories for feature films (joining the already existing Breakthrough Performer category) and the addition of an Outstanding Performance category for series. A new category for nonfiction series has also been added.

As the first major awards ceremony of the fall season, the Gotham Awards provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films and series and their writers, directors, producers, and actors. The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting award recipients prominently into national awards season attention.

Nominees are selected by committees of film and television 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 final Gotham Award recipients. The Gotham Awards ceremony will take place live and in person on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

The 2021 Gotham Award nominations are:

Best Feature

  • The Green Knight   David Lowery, director; Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, David Lowery, Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page, producers (A24)
  • The Lost Daughter   Maggie Gyllenhaal, director; Osnat Handelsman Keren, Talia Kleinhendler, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Charles Dorfman, producers (Netflix)
  • Passing   Rebecca Hall, director; Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Margot Hand, Rebecca Hall, producers (Netflix)
  • Pig   Michael Sarnoski, director; Nicolas Cage, Steve Tisch, David Carrico, Adam Paulsen, Dori Roth, Joseph Restiano, Dimitra Tsingou, Thomas Benski, Ben Giladi, Vanessa Block, producers (NEON)
  • Test Pattern   Shatara Michelle Ford, director; Shatara Michelle Ford, Pin-Chun Liu, Yu-Hao Su, producers (Kino Lorber)


Best Documentary Feature

  • Ascension   Jessica Kingdon, director; Kira Simon-Kennedy, Nathan Truesdell, Jessica Kingdon, producers (MTV Documentary Films)
  • Faya Dayi   Jessica Beshir, director and producer (Janus Films)
  • Flee   Jonas Poher Rasmussen, director; Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Charlotte De La Gournerie, producers (NEON)
  • President   Camilla Nielsson, director; Signe Byrge Sørensen, Joslyn Barnes, producers (Greenwich Entertainment)
  • Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)   Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, director; Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein, producers (Searchlight Pictures, Onyx Collective, Hulu)

Best International Feature

  • Azor   Andreas Fontana, director; Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney, producers (MUBI)
  • Drive My Car   Ryusuke Hamaguchi, director; Teruhisa Yamamoto, producer (Sideshow and Janus Films)
  • The Souvenir Part II   Joanna Hogg, director; Ed Guiney, Emma Norton, Andrew Low, Joanna Hogg, Luke Schiller, producers (A24)
  • Titane   Julia Ducournau, director; Jean-Christophe Reymond, producer (NEON)
  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?   Alexandre Koberidze, director; Mariam Shatberashvili, producers (MUBI)
  • The Worst Person In The World   Joachim Trier, director; Thomas Robsham, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, producers (NEON)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter (Netflix)
  • Edson Oda for Nine Days (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Rebecca Hall for Passing (Netflix)
  • Emma Seligman for Shiva Baby (Utopia Distribution)
  • Shatara Michelle Ford for Test Pattern (Kino Lorber)

Best Screenplay

  • The Card Counter, Paul Schrader (Focus Features)
  • El Planeta, Amalia Ulman (Utopia Distribution)
  • The Green Knight, David Lowery (A24)
  • The Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal (Netflix)
  • Passing, Rebecca Hall (Netflix)
  • Red Rocket, Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch (A24)

Outstanding Lead Performance

  • Olivia Colman in The Lost Daughter (Netflix)
  • Frankie Faison in The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (Gravitas Ventures)
  • Michael Greyeyes in Wild Indian (Vertical Entertainment)
  • Brittany S. Hall in Test Pattern (Kino Lorber)
  • Oscar Isaac in The Card Counter (Focus Features)
  • Taylour Paige in Zola (A24)
  • Joaquin Phoenix in C’mon C’mon (A24)
  • Simon Rex in Red Rocket (A24)
  • Lili Taylor in Paper Spiders (Entertainment Squad)
  • Tessa Thompson in Passing (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Performance

  • Reed Birney in Mass (Bleecker Street)
  • Jessie Buckley in The Lost Daughter (Netflix)
  • Colman Domingo in Zola (A24)
  • Gaby Hoffmann in C’mon C’mon (A24)
  • Troy Kotsur in CODA (Apple)
  • Marlee Matlin in CODA (Apple)
  • Ruth Negga in Passing (Netflix)

Breakthrough Performer

  • Emilia Jones in CODA (Apple)
  • Natalie Morales in Language Lessons (Shout! Studios)
  • Rachel Sennott in Shiva Baby (Utopia Distribution)
  • Suzanna Son in Red Rocket (A24)
  • Amalia Ulman in El Planeta (Utopia Distribution)

Breakthrough Series – Long Format (over 40 minutes)

  • The Good Lord Bird, Ethan Hawke, Mark Richard, creators; James McBride, Brian Taylor, Ryan Hawke, Ethan Hawke, Jason Blum, Albert Hughes, Mark Richard, Marshall Persinger, David Schiff, executive producers (Showtime)
  • It’s A Sin, Russell T Davies, creator; Russell T Davies, Peter Hoar, Nicola Shindler, executive producers (HBO Max)
  • Small Axe, Steve McQueen, creator; Tracey Scoffield, David Tanner, Steve McQueen, executive producers (Amazon Studios)
  • Squid Game, Kim Ji-yeon, Hwang Dong-hyu, executive producers (Netflix)
  • The Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins, Colson Whitehead, creators; Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Mark Ceryak, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Hoyt, executive producers (Amazon Studios)
  • The White Lotus, Mike White, creator; Mike White, David Bernad, Nick Hall, executive producers (HBO Max/HBO)

Breakthrough Series – Short Format (under 40 minutes)

  • Blindspotting, Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs, creators; Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs, Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Ken Lee, Tim Palen, Emily Gerson Saines, Seith Mann, executive producers (STARZ)
  • Hacks, Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Jen Statsky, creators; Jen Statsky, Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, executive producers (HBO Max/HBO)
  • Reservation Dogs, Sterlin Harjo, Taika Waititi, creators; Taika Waititi, Sterlin Harjo, Garrett Basch, executive producers (FX)
  • Run the World, Leigh Davenport, creator; Yvette Lee Bowser, Leigh Davenport, Nastaran Dibai, executive producers (STARZ)
  • We Are Lady Parts, Nida Manzoor, creator, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Surian Fletcher-Jones, Mark Freeland, executive producers (Peacock)

Breakthrough Nonfiction Series

  • City So Real, Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Alex Kotlowitz, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Jolene Pinder, executive producers (National Geographic)
  • Exterminate All the Brutes, Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety, executive producers (HBO/HBO Max)
  • How To with John Wilson, John Wilson, creator; Nathan Fielder, John Wilson, Michael Koman, Clark Reinking, executive producers (HBO/HBO Max)
  • Philly D.A., Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, Nicole Salazar, creators; Dawn Porter, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Ryan Chanatry, Gena Konstantinakos, Jeff Seelbach, Patty Quillin, executive producers (Topic, Independent Lens, PBS)
  • Pride, Christine Vachon, Sydney Foos, Danny Gabai, Kama Kaina, Stacy Scripter, Alex Stapleton (FX)

Outstanding Performance in a New Series

  • Jennifer Coolidge in The White Lotus (HBO Max/HBO)
  • Michael Greyeyes in Rutherford Falls (Peacock)
  • Ethan Hawke in The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  • Devery Jacobs in Reservation Dogs (FX)
  • Lee Jung-jae in Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Thuso Mbedu in The Underground Railroad (Amazon Studios)
  • Jean Smart in Hacks (HBO Max/HBO)
  • Omar Sy in Lupin (Netflix)
  • Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
  • Anjana Vasan in We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)


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