‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ wins at Gotham Awards
“Everything Everywhere All At Once” won best picture at the 32nd annual Gotham Awards on Monday, picking up one of the first major awards of the Hollywood awards season and boosting Oscar hopes for the year’s chaotic indie hit.
Also, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” child star Ki Hui Kwan, who made an admirable comeback in “Everything Everywhere at Once,” won Best Supporting Actor.
“Last year, all I wanted was a career,” said an emotional Kwan, who almost gave up acting before the film. “For the first time in a very long time, I was given a second chance.”
Held annually at Cipriani Wall Street, the Gotham Awards serve as downtown’s celebration of independent film and the unofficial kickoff to the long marathon of ceremonies, cocktail parties and campaign events leading up to the Academy Awards in March. Gothams, presented by the Gotham Film and Media Institute, won awards for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “Gone Girl” last year and also kicked off “CODA” on its way to Best Picture with a win for Troye Kotsor.
But aside from any potential influence, Gothams is just a star-studded party that will bring the industry back into the swing of awards season. Last year’s ceremony was the first all-in-person awards show for many after an almost all-virtual 2020-2021 season. This year, the Gothams came amid growing concerns about poor box office results for many of the top contenders. Although filmmaking has regained much of the ground it lost during the pandemic, adult audiences have paradoxically returned to theaters this fall.
But in “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” the action-adventure action-adventure directed by Daniel Cowan and Daniel Shiner, the filmmakers known as “Daniels,” Gothams chose an unlikely hit. All At Once’ has grossed over $100 million worldwide against a $14 million budget, making it A24’s highest-grossing film. The warm affection for this absurdist film now sets it up for an Oscar underdog. Independent Film Spirit Awards.
“This film is celebrated by the Asian American community, the immigrant community, by people with queer brains, people who are sad or grieving,” Shiner said as he accepted the award with his filmmaking partner. “This award is for you guys. Your stories matter, you matter.”
While Gothams is known for elevating the low-budget filmmaking trail, one of its tribute awards went to another Adam Sandler blockbuster. The 56-year-old actor-comedian, who this year starred in the well-received Netflix basketball comedy-drama “Hustle,” delivered the night’s fiercest speech after an introduction by “Uncut Gems” filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie.
Sandler, explaining that he was too busy to prepare his speech, claimed that his speech was written by his two daughters. As he read, his career began with two guiding principles: “People in prison need movies too” and: “TBS needs content.”
Sandler sings that the Gotham award means a lot to him because most of the trophies on his trophy shelf look like popcorn buckets, balloons, or fake mini Oscars that he says are Father of the Year, which he unfortunately bought himself while in awe of himself. A pathetic fog in the shops of Times Square.”
Gotham’s awards are gender-neutral, meaning some of this year’s nominees who don’t normally face each other, such as Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”) and Cate Blanchett (“Tár”), were up against each other. Tar Todd Fields, starring Blanchett as the famed conductor, entered Gothams with five leading nominations and went home with the award for Fields’ screenplay.
But “T” star Daniel Deadweiler ended up winning in the crowded lead actor category. Deadwyler, who plays Mamie Till-Bradley in the piercing drama, was unable to attend. “Till” director Chinonyye Chukwu accepted on his behalf.
Deadwyler’s win should boost his Oscar chances, as should the award for Quan, best known as the child star of The Goonies and Temple of Doom.
The breakthrough director award went to Charlotte Wells for The Aftermath, the Scottish filmmaker’s tender and devastating debut about a father (Paul Mescall) and daughter (Frankie Corio) on vacation. “Aftarans” also drew an outcry from Daniel Cowan, who said “Aftarans” should have won Best Picture, not “everything everywhere at once.”
Steven Spielberg was supposed to present the award to Michelle Williams, the star of Spielberg’s “Fablemen”. It was complemented by Williams’ co-star Paul Dano, who said Spielberg had tested positive for Covid-19. About how much young “Dawson’s Creek” actress Mary Beth Peele meant to him.
“what will happen?” Williams said with wide eyes. I shouldn’t even be out of the house. I just had a baby.”
Other winners include Audrey Divan’s “The Happening” for the best international film. The French abortion drama, set in France in 1963, gained prominence after Roe v. Wade was overturned in the United States. “All That Breathes,” Shanak Sen’s film about the New Delhi Bird Hospital, won Best Documentary.
Also honored were Focus Features’ Peter Kujawski and Jason Cassidy, and a poignant tribute to the late Sidney Poitier by Jonathan Majors, who announced a new Poitier initiative to help young filmmakers. “Bravo, Mr. Poitier,” said Majors. We supported you.”
“The King’s Wife” filmmaker Gina Prince Bythewood was also honored after being introduced by Kathryn Bigelow. Prince-Bythewood said the Hurt Cage filmmaker inspired her to believe she could be a director. “Catherine was my possible,” Prince-Bythewood said.
“When you see the trailer for ‘The Queen,’ do you see the incredible women or do you see other people? Prince Bythewood said. ‘I want you to see yourself in my characters the way I see myself in yours.'”
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This story was originally published November 29, 2022 12:35 AM