Manhattan served as host to the 2023 Gotham Awards, which acknowledged and honored outstanding achievements in the cinema and television industries. The prestigious prize for Best Feature was won by the film Past Lives, which was produced by A24 and directed by the outstanding Celine Song. This was a moment that stood out. Let’s take a closer look at the whole list of winners as well as the important highlights that characterized this incredible event.

Here’s a complete list of winners at the 2023 Gotham Awards:

Best Feature: Past Lives

In a momentous win, Past Lives emerged victorious as the Best Feature. Directed by Celine Song and produced by David Hinojosa, Pamela Koffler, and Christine Vachon, this debut film captivated audiences with its compelling narrative and stellar performances, particularly from Greta Lee and Teo Yoo.

Outstanding Lead Performance: Lily Gladstone

Music Box Films’ The Unknown Country gave Lily Gladstone the Outstanding Lead Performance award for her outstanding performance. In this emotional performance, which was different from her part in Killers of the Flower Moon, Gladstone showed her great acting skills

Outstanding Supporting Performance: Charles Melton

Netflix’s May December secured Charles Melton the Outstanding Supporting Performance award. In a gender-neutral category, Melton’s remarkable contribution to the film was acknowledged, adding another feather to Netflix’s cap for the evening.

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Breakthrough Director Award: A.V. Rockwell

A.V. Rockwell’s exceptional direction in Focus Features’ A Thousand and One earned her the Breakthrough Director Award. This accolade marks a significant milestone in Rockwell’s burgeoning career.

Breakthrough Series Triumphs

Over 40 Minutes: A Small Light

Tony Phelan and Joan Rater’s creation, A Small Light, claimed victory in the Breakthrough Series category for productions over 40 minutes. The National Geographic production stood out for its compelling narrative and impactful storytelling.

Under 40 Minutes: Beef

Lee Sung Jin’s creation, Beef, dominated the under-40-minutes category. Executive producers Ali Wong and Steven Yeun contributed to its success, with Ali Wong also securing the Outstanding Performance in a New Series award.

Gotham Awards 2023 - Four Daughters

Best Documentary Feature: Four Daughters

Kaouther Ben Hania’s directorial prowess in Four Daughters received due recognition, earning the film the Best Documentary Feature award. A heartfelt exploration, it stood out in a competitive field.

Best International Feature and Best Screenplay: Anatomy of a Fall

Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall secured a double triumph, winning both Best International Feature and Best Screenplay. Triet, alongside co-writer Arthur Harari, crafted a narrative that captivated audiences globally.

Noteworthy Changes in the Gotham Awards

A major change occurred this year with the elimination of the eligibility budget cap, which had been in place for ten years. A more star-studded gathering was the outcome of the choice, with Ryan Gosling for Barbie and Penelope Cruz for Ferrari receiving noteworthy nominations in unexpected categories.

The Gotham Film & Media Institute stated last summer that the change was made in order “to broaden our reach in terms of recognition and accessibility to the wider community.” Oppenheimer, Killers of the Flower Moon, Napoleon, and The Color Purple were among the several larger-budget features that chose not to enter.


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