Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations

“First Reformed,” a drama about a priest who questions his faith played by Ethan Hawke, scored the most nominations for the 2018 Gotham Awards, the annual ceremony in New York honoring independent film.

The movie, written and directed by Paul Schrader, landed in three categories: best feature, best actor (for Hawke) and best screenplay.

“The Favourite,” Fox Searchlight’s comedy set in the 18th century court of Queen Anne, picked up two nominations for best feature and best screenplay. It will also be awarded a special jury prize for its cast of Olivia Colman (considered an Oscars favorite for playing the monarch), Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

The Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Film Project, are decided by small committees of journalists and film critics. Nevertheless, on the mad dash to the Oscars, the ceremony has become the Iowa caucus of awards season because of its early date. Last year, “Get Out” lead the pack of films, planting its foot in the Academy Awards race. The year before that, “Manchester by the Sea” emerged as a frontrunner.

This year’s other best feature Gotham nominees include Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Madeline’s Madeline” and “The Rider.”

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