Gotham Awards Won’t Define Acting Categories by Gender

The Gothams will replace the best actress and best actor categories with a single category for “outstanding lead performance.”

Should acting prizes be gender neutral? The question has been percolating for years, with zealous arguments for and against.

But the biggest ceremonies that honor acting, aware that change would kick a cultural hornet’s nest, have adhered to tradition. Best actor. Best actress.

On Thursday, a significant stop on the annual road to the Oscars broke ranks. The Gotham Awards said that, beginning with its November ceremony, prizes for acting would no longer be broken out by gender. The Gothams will replace its best actress and best actor categories with a single category for outstanding lead performance. For the first time, there will be a category for supporting roles: outstanding supporting performance.

Each category can have up to 10 nominees, with the field chosen, per custom, by committees of film critics, festival programmers and film

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