30th Gotham Awards Honoured Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Steve McQueen

The first major award ceremony of 2021, the 30th Gotham Awards was held virtually on Tuesday, 12th of January.

During the ceremony, 11 awards were presented to the best film, television series and performances of the past year. For the first time in the 30-year history of the award, all the films nominated in the Best Feature category were directed by women. Some of the feature films which received multiple nominations included “First Cow,” “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” “Nomadland,” and “Saint Frances.” The Best Documentary and Best Screenplay categories had two winners.

As part of the ceremony, the 30th Gotham Awards awarded five Tribute honours including the late Chadwick Boseman (Actor Tribute, Posthumous), Viola Davis (Actress Tribute), Steve McQueen (Director Tribute), Ryan Murphy (Industry Tribute), and the inaugural Ensemble Tribute to the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

On accepting Chadwick’s award, his wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, described him as “the most honest person I’ve ever met”.

She said: “He didn’t just stop at speaking the truth, he actively searched for it in himself, in those around him and in the moment.

“The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid but if one does not live in truth, then it’s impossible to live in line with a divine purpose for your life.

Simone said it was an honour to receive the award on her husband’s behalf, describing it as “an acknowledgement not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world”.

See the full list of winners below:

Best FeatureNomadland

Best ActorRiz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

Best ActressNicole Beharie (Miss Juneteenth)

Best DocumentaryA Thousand Cuts, Time

Best International FeatureIdentifying Features

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director AwardAndrew Patterson (The Vast of Night)

Best ScreenplayRadha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version), Dan Sallitt (Fourteen)

Breakthrough ActorKingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami)

Breakthrough Series (Long Form)Watchmen

Breakthrough Series (Short Form)I May Destroy You

Audience AwardNomadland