“Marriage Story,” the tale of a breakup, was the big winner at the IFP Gotham Awards as the Hollywood prize season moved to New York on Monday night.
The film, a Netflix production about parents navigating a divorce, was named best feature, and Adam Driver won best actor for his performance opposite Scarlett Johansson. The drama also won the audience award as well as best screenplay, for the script by the writer-director Noah Baumbach.
Best actress went to the star of another family tale: Awkwafina, who played a granddaughter asked to keep a cancer diagnosis secret from her Chinese grandmother in “The Farewell.”
Netflix figured in a different honor: its drama “When They See Us,” Ava DuVernay’s look at the Central Park jogger case, won for breakthrough series over 40 minutes. The Hulu comedy “PEN15” won for breakthrough series under 40 minutes.
DuVernay was the subject of a tribute at the ceremony, which was held at Cipriani Wall Street. The actors Laura Dern (a co-star of “Marriage Story”) and Sam Rockwell also received tributes.
The prizes are handed out by the Independent Filmmaker Project and are largely confined to American low-budget and indie productions. Here’s the list of winners:
Best feature: “Marriage Story.”
Best actress: Awkwafina (“The Farewell”).
Best actor: Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”).
Audience award: “Marriage Story.”
Breakthrough actor: Taylor Russell, a star of the drama “Waves,” about a family upended by a tragedy.
Breakthrough director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre for “The Mustang,” her feature about an inmate in a rehabilitation program involving horses.
Best screenplay: “Marriage Story,” by Noah Baumbach.
Best documentary: “American Factory” (directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar), a chronicle of what happened when a Chinese company took over an Ohio plant.
Breakthrough series (over 40 minutes): “When They See Us.”
Breakthrough series (under 40 minutes): “PEN15.”
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