“Nomadland” Wins Big at Gotham Independent Film Awards

Frances McDormand in "Nomadland"

The awards season is slowly heating up, and the first major front-runners in the race for the Oscars are already emerging. Nomadland is leading the way after another big win at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The list of winners at this ceremony was pretty colorful, and it didn’t give us any significant repeat winners—in addition to being named as the best feature of the year, Nomadland also won the audience award, but its domination stopped there.

Frances McDormand surprisingly lost in the best actress race to Miss Juneteenth’s Nicole Beharie, while Riz Ahmed picked up the best actor award for Sound of Metal. Kingsley Ben-Adir, who played Malcolm X in One Night in Miami was named the best breakthrough actor.

Watchmen and I May Destroy You came out victorious in the TV categories and were rewarded as the best long-form and short-form series. Gotham Tributes were dedicated to Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Steve McQueen, and Ryan Murphy.

Full List of Winners at 2020 Gotham Independent Film Awards:

Best Feature


Best Documentary

A Thousand Cuts


Best International Feature

Identifying Features

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Andrew Patterson for The Vast of Night 

Best Screenplay

The Forty-Year-Old Version, Radha Blank

Fourteen, Dan Sallitt

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal 

Best Actress

Nicole Beharie in Miss Juneteenth 

Breakthrough Actor

Kingsley Ben-Adir in One Night in Miami

Breakthrough Series — Long Format (over 40 minutes)


Breakthrough Series — Short Format (under 40 minutes)

I May Destroy You

Audience Award


Ensemble Tribute

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Made in NY Award

Jeffrey Wright

Gotham Tributes

Chadwick Boseman (posthumously)

Viola Davis

Steve McQueen

Ryan Murphy