The Gotham Film & Media Institute (The Gotham) announced the winners of the 31st Annual Gotham Awards at a ceremony held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
The Lost Daughter won four awards including Best Feature. Squid Game and Reservation Dogs won series awards and Olivia Colman, Frankie Faison, Ethan Hawke, Thuso Mbedu, Emilia Jones, & Troy Kotsur won performance awards.
The Gotham Awards, one of the leading honors for independent film and television, provides early acknowledgement to groundbreaking independent films and television series. Selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, the Gotham Awards are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that The Gotham Film & Media Institute does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.
Kino Lorber’s Test Pattern director Shatara Michelle Ford was nominated for the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. The film was also nominated for Best Feature. Actress Brittany S. Hall was nominated for outstanding lead performance. We spoke with Brittany on the red carpet. Check out our interviews below:
We also spoke with Test Pattern producer Pin-Chun Liu. Get to know more about her career below:
We also spoke with filmmaker Jessica Beshir. The Janus Films release Faya Dayi was nominated for best documentary. Check out what she had to say about working on her debut film:
Next up we spoke with Jeremy O. Harris. He co-wrote Zola and is best known for Slave Play. He spoke about working on Zola, appearing in the Emily in Paris new season and the Gossip Girl reboot. He has so many exciting upcoming projects and we even spotted him chatting with Jennifer Coolidge about a potential role in his next play. Taylour Paige and Colman Domingo were nominated for their performance in Zola.
— Variety Screenwriter To Watch Jeremy O. Harris (@jeremyoharris) November 30, 2021
In the Breakthrough Series – Short Format (under 40 minutes) Blindspotting was nominated. The Starz show was created by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs. It is EP’d by Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs, Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Ken Lee, Tim Palen, Emily Gerson Saines, Seith Mann. We spoke with Rafael and Daveed on the red carpet. They said season 2 is in the works and they are trying out new concepts for it!
Another Starz show Run the World was also nominated in the same category. Leigh Davenport, creator; Yvette Lee Bowser, Leigh Davenport, Nastaran Dibai, executive producers were acknowledged. We spoke with Leigh and cast Bresha Webb, Amber Stevens West and Corbin Reid on the red carpet. Check out our chat below:
The Premier Sponsor of the 2021 Gotham Awards was The New York Times and the Platinum Sponsors were GreenSlate and AV Club. The Official Auto Partner was Cadillac, the Official Water Partner was FIJI Water, the Official Airline Partner was JetBlue, the Official Wine Partner was Robert Hall Winery, and the Official Tequila Partner was Komos Tequila.