Gotham Independent Film Awards

Noah Baumbah's Marriage Story won big and American Factory took Best Documentary, placing both films firmly in the Oscar race.

American Factory

Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story was the big winner at the Gotham Awards (taking Best Feature, Audience Award, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Adam Driver), handed out Monday, December 2, 2019. SIFF 2019 favorite American Factory won the Best Documentary, placing both films firmly in the Oscar race.

Notably, the Gotham Awards, with the focus on independent cinema, were also a celebration of new talent. Taylor Russell grabbed the Breakthrough Actor for her role in Waves, and Awkwafina beat out an incredible field of actresses to win Best Actress. Expect to see both of these names as the Award season rolls on!

- Beth Barrett  l  SIFF Artistic Director

* denotes a film screening as part of a SIFF program

Best Feature
The Farewell*
Uncut Gems*
Waves*
WINNER - Marriage Story*
Hustlers

Best Documentary
WINNER - American Factory*
Apollo 11

The Edge of Democracy
Midnight Traveler*
One Child Nation*

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
WINNER - Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre, The Mustang
Kent Jones, Diane*
Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man in San Francisco*
Olivia Wilde, Booksmart
Phillip Youmans, Burning Cane*

Best Screenplay
Lulu Wang, The Farewell*
Tarell Alvin McCraney, High Flying Bird
Jimmie Fails, Joe Talbot, and Rob Richert, The Last Black Man in San Francisco*
WINNER - Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story*
Ari Aster, Midsommar*

Best Actor
WINNER - Adam Driver, Marriage Story*
Aldis Hodge, Clemency*
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems*
Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse*
Andre Holland, High Flying Bird

Best Actress
Florence Pugh, Midsommar*
WINNER - Awkwafina, The Farewell*
Mary Kay Place, Diane*
Alfre Woodard, Clemency*
Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell*

Breakthrough Actor
WINNER - Taylor Russell, Waves*
Julia Fox, Uncut Gems*
Aisling Franciosi, The Nightingale*
Jonathan Majors, The Last Black Man in San Francisco*
Noah Jupe, Honey Boy
Chris Galust, Give Me Liberty

Breakthrough Series - Long Form
"Chernobyl"
"David Makes Man"
"My Brilliant Friend"
"Unbelievable"
WINNER - "When They See Us"

Breakthrough Series - Short Form
WINNER - "Pen15"
"Ramy"
"Russian Doll"
"Tuca & Bertie"
"Undone"

Audience Award
WINNER - Marriage Story*