“The Rider”, “First Reformed” Win Big At Gotham Independent Film Awards

By Creative Media Times

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Independent entertainment company A24 was also a big winner of the night, taking home five trophies including for “First Reformed”, “Eight Grade” and “Hereditary”. The 28th Annual 28th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards was held Monday night in New York City, kicking off the awards season.

Toni Colette took home Best Actress for Hereditary, while a special Jury Prize was given to the cast of The Favorite including Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

But the big surprise is “The Rider,” the little film that could with no major Hollywood studio names attached and a cast of actors playing versions of themselves, winning Best Feature.

Director Paul Greengrass, actors Willem Dafoe and Rachel Weisz, and producer Jon Kamen all received tribute awards.

Here is the complete list of winners:
Best Feature
The Rider

Best Actor
Ethan Hawke in First Reformed (A24)

Best Actress
Toni Collette in Hereditary (A24)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade (A24)

Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Killing Eve

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
195 Lewis

Breakthrough Actor
Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade (A24)

Best Screenplay
First Reformed, Paul Schrader (A24)

Best Documentary
Hale County This Morning, This Evening–winner