If The Rider doesn't necessarily seem like an obvious choice for an awards body to name their Best Picture of the year, it's at least obviously a good choice. Chloe Zhao's beautiful feature took home Best Feature at the Gotham Awards last night in New York City, despite winning no other awards from the jury. They also handed out trophies to potential Oscar contenders Toni Collette for Hereditary and Ethan Hawke for First Reformed in the acting categories, marking an auspicious start to awards season for the pair, and for distributor A24. The indie company nabbed five prizes in a resounding show of support for their output from voters. You can view the Gotham nominees here, and the full list of movie award winners below.
Toni Collette (Hereditary)
Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
Paul Schrader (First Reformed)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)
Best Breakthrough Actor
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
Gotham Jury Award for Ensemble Performance
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
Won't You Be My Neighbour?