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Long Road Ahead: The IFP Gotham Awards Proves the Race Isn’t Over Yet

By all accounts, Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” was a sleeper hit. Although a critical darling when it premiered earlier this year, the drama about an injured young cowboy hasn’t been hyped as a serious awards contender. But on Monday night, it beat out much-buzzed movies “The Favourite” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” for best feature film at the IFP Gotham Awards. Seen as the official kick-off to the movie awards season, the Gothams just go to show anything can happen in the months ahead.
“I’m speechless,” said the film’s Belgian producer Bert Hamelinck, genuinely surprised that he was at the podium accepting the night’s top award. “This is going to be the worst speech.”
Patricia Clarkson revealed the award, which capped off the night. But even earlier in the evening, the actress had her eyes on the prize. “They’ve really acknowledged some people who might not be acknowledged the rest of the season, unfortunately, but they’re acknowledged here tonight,” she said of the night’s pool of nominees. “It’s such a broad swath of the world, of independent cinema. From Paul Schrader to that extraordinary young woman Chloé who directed ‘The Rider,’” she added. “I feel so privileged to present the award. I just

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