Is awards season actually happening? Skeptics may still think it’s pointless due to a theatrical distribution system ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, but things are moving forward. And, a small bit of normalcy returned as IFP announced the 2020 Gotham Awards nominations this morning

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“First Cow” led all films with three nominations including Best Feature, Best Actor (John Magaro) and Best Screenplay. “Nomadland,” “Miss Juneteenth,” “The 40-Year-Old Version,” “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” and “The Nest” each earned two nominations each.

One of awards seasons top contenders, “Minari,” earned a nomination for YuhJung Youn in the Best Actress category but was shockingly snubbed in the Best Feature category. Considering it qualified, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” not making the cut was eyebrow-raising as well. Notably, this year’s Best Feature nominees, which also included “The Assistant,” “Nomadland,” “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” and “Relic,” were all directed by women. The critics on the selection committee may have been sending a message in that regard with those five individual nominees.

In the relatively new television categories, Breakthrough Series (Over 40 minutes) featured “The Great,” “Immigration Nation,” “P-Valley,” “Unorthodox” and “Watchmen.” The Under 40 minute field includes “Betty,” “Dave,” “I May Destroy You,” “Taste of the Nation” and “Work in Progress.”

The complete list of this year’s nominations are as follows:

BEST FEATURE

The Assistant
First Cow
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Nomadland
Relic

BEST DOCUMENTARY

76 Days
City Hall
Our Time Machine
A Thousand Cuts
Time

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

Bacurau
Beanpole
Cuties (Mignonnes)
Identifying Features
Martin Eden
Wolfwalkers

BEST ACTOR

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Jude Law in The Nest
John Magaro, First Cow
Jesse Plemons, I’m Thinking of Ending Things

BEST ACTRESS

Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth
Jessie Buckley, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
Carrie Coon, The Nest
Frances McDormand, Nomadland

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR

Jasmine Batchelor, The Surrogate
Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami…
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Orion Lee, First Cow
Kelly O’Sullivan, Saint Frances

BEST SCREENPLAY

Bad Education, Mike Makowsky
First Cow, Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt
The Forty-Year-Old Version, Radha Blank
Fourteen, Dan Sallitt
The Vast of Night, James Montague, Craig Sanger

BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR AWARD

Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version
Channing Godfrey Peoples, Miss Juneteenth
Alex Thompson, Saint Frances
Carlo Mirabella-Davis, Swallow
Andrew Patterson, The Vast of Night

BREAKTHROUGH SERIES (OVER 40 MINUTES)

The Great
Immigration Nation
P-Valley
Unorthodox
Watchmen

BREAKTHROUGH SERIES (UNDER 40 MINUTES)

Betty
Dave
I May Destroy You
Taste the Nation
Work in Progress

The Gotham Awards Audience Award will be announced at a later date.

The 2021 Gotham Awards will be handed out on Monday, January 11 in a combination live and virtual ceremony.