The 2018 Gotham Independent Film Awards were awarded Monday night in New York. It was a night of big surprises, with Chloe Zhao s The Rider taking home the top prize, besting Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, and Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk for Best Feature. (Marvel fans should be excited – Zhao has been tapped to direct The Eternals.)Ethan Hawke took home the Best Actor trophy for First Reformed, while Toni Collette took the best actress honor with horror film Hereditary. Capping off a stellar evening for boutique distributor A24, director Bo Burnham and star Elise Fisher were also winners, and Schrader won for best screenplay. The full list of winners are below.Best Feature
its to the role with a ferocious intensity. Robbie Collin, Daily TelegraphMoss is the key to making all the scary-movie filmmaking work… She is terrific. Brian Truitt, USA TodayIt s all the more impressive as she s often acting against nothing. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyWatching her fight for her life against the title monster is a feat of physical acting, not to mention a devilishly effective visual effect. William Bibbiani, The WrapCasting Moss in the lead was easily the best investment the producers made. Norman Gidney, HorrorBuzzRyan FujitaniAnything else deserve recognition?Let’s give a shout out to the sound designers, taken for granted so often, and then proven utterly essential when filmmakers have little else to hang their hats on. Simon Miraudo, Student EdgeI really love the positive images of the black family… and I just wanted to give a shout out to them for that. Sharronda Williams, Pay or WaitDoes the movie work with its heavy themes?It does an admirable job of taking us back to a time when a horror film could actually mean something. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyThis film does a great job of talking about domestic violence, survivors of domestic violence, what life looks like if they’re lucky enough to get out of that situation. Sharronda Williams, Pay or WaitThere is a universal and uncomfortably real impact to the horrors on show here. Which, inevitably, will make it a tough watch for some. John Nugent, Empire MagazineWomen will find an extra level of horror and truth to this movie. Grace Randolph, Beyond the TrailerThe analogy of the woman no one believes is all too relevant today, but it’s a cliche we’ve seen before and in far better films. Jude Dry, IndieWireWhile Whannell wants to say something, what he actually has to say doesn’t amount to all that much. Benjamin Lee, Guardian(Photo by Universal Pictures)Are there any major problems?Like much of the film, the final scene opts for shock value over something more drawn out and it ends with a whimper rather than a roar. Benjamin Lee, GuardianThe film s demand that we pay close attention for any sign of the invisible man proves a double-edged sword. Just as his aggressions become harder and harder to ignore, so too do the film s narrative blemishes. Angie Han, MashableCould this be the start of a new horror franchise?It’s not clear where a sequel to this would lead, but if Moss is on board the filmmakers will already be ahead of the game. Todd McCarthy, Hollywood ReporterThe Invisible Man is in theaters on February 28.