It’s nearly Halloween, which means it’s finally time to break out the fall sweaters and scarves, which also means awards season has officially arrived! I sure hope you’re ready to be inundated with non-stop Oscars and awards chatter for the next four months, because the time is here and there’s no stopping it.

Today kicked off the beginning of the 2018-2019 awards season with the announcement of 2018 Gotham Awards nominees. The annual ceremony, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), celebrates the best in indie film and is one of the first major awards of the season. The nominees are chosen by a group of journalists, film critics, and festival programmers, and this year the jury has showered the most praise on Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, followed by Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite.

The Ethan Hawke-led drama – a strong contender for my personal top film of the year so far –landed three nominations for Best Feature, Best Actor and Screenplay. Lanthimos’ raunchy period piece earned two nominations as well as a special jury prize honoring all three leads, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz. Other films that earned multiple awards, and will surely be popping up again and again throughout awards season, are Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, and Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You.

Last year’s nominees were led by Get Out, which took home three awards while the top prize went to Call Me By Your Name. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess what will leave the Gothams with the most accolades. Out of all these nominees though, I'd say the most likely Oscar Best Picture noms are Beale Street, RomaThe Favourite, and possibly BlackKklansman.

The 2018 Gotham Awards will take place in New York City on November 26, so check back then for the winners.

Best Feature
First Reformed
The Favourite
Madeline’s Madeline
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Rider

Best Documentary
Bisbee ‘17
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Ari Aster, Hereditary
Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You
Crystal Moselle, Skate Kitchen
Jennifer Fox, The Tale

Best Screenplay
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds
Paul Schrader, First Reformed
Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
Andrew Bujalski, Support the Girls

Best Actor
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Ben Foster, Leave No Trace
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry to Bother You

Best Actress
Glenn Close, The Wife
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Kathryn Hahn, Private Life
Regina Hall, Support the Girls
Michelle Pfeiffer, Where is Kyra?

Special Jury Award For Ensemble Performance
The Favourite – Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz

Breakthrough Actor
Thomasin Harcourt, Leave No Trace
Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline
Kiki Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Alias Grace
Big Mouth
The End of the F–king World
Killing Eve
Sharp Objects

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
195 Lewis
Cleaner Daze
The F Word
She’s the Ticket

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