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Gotham Award 2020 Nominations: My Thoughts

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) - source: Focus Features
Sidney Flanigan stars as 17-year-old Autumn in Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

Awards season has finally kicked off, and the Gotham Awards have just announced their nominations for their 2020 ceremony. The full list can be viewed over at IndieWire. I am not here to dissect every nominee and category, but I want to share a few thoughts.

Little Cross-Over Between Categories

I have never really paid full attention to the Gotham Awards, but I am glad to learn more about them this year. It is clear to see that there are little cross-overs between categories, and I did wonder first looking why that was.That was when I came across a tweet from Matt Neglia over at the Next Best Picture Podcast:

This would make sense, given how some films have done across the board. Chadwick Boseman is the lone nominee for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, whilst Relic gets a Best Feature nominee without anything supporting it. It will be interesting to see where this leads to for predicting the winners of these categories.

All-Female Best Feature

It is something that I did not see coming, but every single film in the Best Feature category were directed by women. Whilst some nominees could have been predicted, particularly Nomadland and Never Rarely Sometimes Always, it is nice to see smaller films such as The Assistant and Relic get in, especially with the latter being a horror film. This is a great representation of the power women have had this year in the director’s chair and a showcase that they are making some of the best films of the entire year, even when going up against names like Fincher, Sorkin and Spike Lee.

The Strength of the Breakout Categories

My favourite categories for award shows like these are the breakout categories, which highlight those who have done incredible work so early on in their careers. This line-up is no exception, with so many people’s work I still need to see but want to adore. I haven’t seen any of the Director nominees, but I am excited to check every single one out.

I have seen two of the Breakthrough Actor performances, Sidney Flanigan and Kingsley Ben-Adir, and they are sensational. I would not want to judge between them two, let alone everyone else in that category who I am sure are also fantastic. These may be the toughest categories of the show.

Early Boost for Oscar Contenders

For some of the early Oscar contenders, this is already a nice little boost to get the campaign going. Whilst I know not every nominee here is going to be a contender for the Oscars, there are some here that are in the race.
Wolfwalkers gets a first awards boost, even if it is for International Feature and not Animated Feature. That is a film I could see get two nominations at the Academy Awards (Animated Feature and Original Song)
Nomadland already starts strong with nominations for Best Feature and Best Actress, although surprisingly not in Best Screenplay
– The Best Actor race could be the start of the campaigns for two actors in particular: Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom who feels the more certain nomination, and Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal who is slowly building up momentum and strength to perhaps sneak into the final line-up.

Those are my quick thoughts on the Gotham Award 2020 nominations. What did you make of the list? Is there a particular nomination that you love? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.

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