Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut The Lost Daughter dominated the 2021 Gotham Awards on Monday.
The upcoming Netflix film, which the actress both wrote and directed, was nominated in five categories and won four awards at the ceremony, which honours independent movies. The film took home the coveted Best Feature prize, while Gyllenhaal won twice as an individual, for Breakthrough Director and Best Screenplay.
“It’s expensive to make movies,” she said while accepting her directing award, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Movies cost a lot of money. You can write them, but someone’s got to make them. So then the question becomes, what is valuable? Is women telling stories that resonate between us valuable? And is it high art? And is it appealing to men? To see women that actually look like their wives or their sisters or their mothers up on screen? I think the line-up of films being celebrated here tonight says, ‘Yeah, it f**king is.'”
Her leading lady, Olivia Colman, won the Outstanding Lead Performance award in a tie with The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain star Frankie Faison. The 2021 edition marks the first time the acting categories were gender-neutral.
CODA, about a hearing child of deaf parents, was a double winner at the ceremony, with Emilia Jones winning Breakthrough Performer for her lead role and her onscreen father Troy Kotsur taking home the Outstanding Supporting Performance award.
Previously announced Tribute honours were given to Kristen Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Jane Campion, and the cast of The Harder They Fall, among others, during the evening.
The 2021 Gotham Awards were held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, in the first physical edition of the event since 2019.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Feature: The Lost Daughter
Best Documentary Feature: Flee
Best International Feature: Drive My Car
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
Best Screenplay: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
Outstanding Lead Performance: Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter, and Frankie Faison, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
Outstanding Supporting Performance: Troy Kotsur, CODA
Breakthrough Performer: Emilia Jones, CODA
Breakthrough Series – Long Format (over 40 minutes): Squid Game
Breakthrough Series – Short Format (under 40 minutes): Reservation Dogs
Breakthrough Nonfiction Series: Philly D.A.
Outstanding Performance in a New Series: Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird, and Thuso Mbedu, The Underground Railroad.
– Cover Media