Olivia Colman wins Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Actress honor for ‘The Favourite’

The Gotham Independent Film Awards (GIFs), a smaller but more relevant tribute to independent film than the more prestigious Oscars, wrapped up its 45th annual awards on Monday night with Olivia Colman being honored with the best actress prize. The British actress plays Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, the latest crowning of a period piece that has become the most-honored film of the year.

Colman’s win makes her just the fourth woman to receive the award, following Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love), Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), and Viola Davis (Fences).

Colman and Maya Hawke, who played a Russian stripper in Harriet, presented the IFP’s Independent Spirit Award for best feature to Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, a coming-of-age drama that won the coveted audience award at Sundance. Jenkins had already been announced as the winner of the PGA’s prestigious directing award, and Hawke will be among those in the best supporting actress Oscar race for her work.

The New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review voted The Favourite the best film of the year, with Jenkins taking home best screenplay. The Best Director prize at the Gotham Awards went to Hirokazu Kore-eda for Shoplifters.

Oscar race update: The five best picture nominees at the Academy Awards will be: Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, If Beale Street Could Talk, Green Book, and Roma.

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