2023 Gotham Awards: “Past Lives” Wins Best Feature, “Beef” Dominates TV Field

Ali Wong in
Ali Wong in "Beef"

The Gotham Awards returned to New York last night to celebrate the best independent films of the past year, and the list of winners is pretty impressive. Celine Song’s Past Lives won the award for the best feature, while the Netflix series Beef dominated television categories.

Past Lives faced tough competition in the running for best feature but still managed to come out victorious. The list of contenders in this field also included Passages, Reality, Showing Up, and A Thousand and One.

Despite winning the ceremony’s main award, Past Lives wasn’t actually the most decorated film this year. That honor belonged to Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall, which won awards for best screenplay and best international feature.

Lily Gladstone (The Unknown Country) and Charles Melton (May December) dominated acting categories, and won awards for the outstanding lead and supporting performance, respectively.

When it comes to the TV categories, Netflix’s limited series Beef was the biggest winner of the night with two awards: breakthrough series under 40 minutes and outstanding performance in a new series (Ali Wong). Historical drama A Small Light won the award for breakthrough series over 40 minutes.

The 2023 Gotham Awards were presented on November 27, and several high-profile films, including Air, Barbie, Ferrari, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, and Rustin, received tribute awards.


Best Feature

Past Lives

Outstanding Lead Performance
Lily Gladstone
The Unknown Country

Outstanding Supporting Performance
Charles Melton
May December 

Breakthrough Director Award
A.V. Rockwell
A Thousand and One 

Breakthrough Series – Over 40 minutes

A Small Light

Breakthrough Series – Under 40 minutes

Outstanding Performance in a New Series

Ali Wong

Best Documentary Feature
Four Daughters

Best International Feature
Anatomy of a Fall

Best Screenplay
Anatomy of a Fall
Justine Triet, Arthur Harari

Cultural Icon & Creator Tribute


Global Icon & Creator Tribute


Historical Icon and Creator Tribute

Killers of the Flower Moon

Icon & Creator Tribute for Innovation


Icon & Creator Tribute for Social Justice


Visionary Icon & Creator Tribute