Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland Wins Best Film Award At Gotham Awards 2021

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The 30th Gotham Awards were held virtually on Monday in a largely digital ceremony. Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland was awarded the best film of 2020.

The award ceremony was held at Wall Street Cipriani in Manhattan. There was no in-person audience and only a handful of presenters. The audience joined the show through a live-streamed on Facebook.

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Nomadland won the best feature award and the Gothams’ audience award at the ceremony. All the nomination for best feature film were directed by female directors. Zhao said, “They truly showed us and reminded us that we’re not alone.”

“A strong community is brought together by our love for cinema,” she added.

There was a tie between Radha Blank’s The Forty-Year-Old Version and Dan Sallitt’s Fourteen for Best Screenplay.  In the Best Documentary category, there was a tie between Ramona S. Diaz’s A Thousand Cuts and Garrett Bradley’s Time.

Nomadland starring Frances McDormand also won top honours at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. It won the best picture from the National Society of Film Critics.

Nicole Behaire won the Best female actor award for Miss Juneteenth. The best actor category had a posthumous nomination for Chadwick Boseman’s performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. However, the award went to Riz Ahmed, for Sound of Metal.

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Boseman was honoured with a tribute award. His wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted his award with an emotional taped message. She said, “Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us.”