Chloe Zhao’s lyrical Western “The Rider,” about a Lakota cowboy rodeo rider, has won best feature film at the 28th annual Gotham Awards.

Rachel Weisz attends the 28th annual Independent Filmmaker Project's Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Rachel Weisz attends the 28th annual Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

The first major soiree of Hollywood’s awards season spread its honors around on Monday evening, including a pair of prizes for Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age directing debut “Eighth Grade” and Paul Schrader’s impassioned Catholic drama “First Reformed.”

Actor Ethan Hawke accepts the Best Actor award at the 28th annual Independent Filmmaker Project's Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actor Ethan Hawke accepts the Best Actor award at the 28th annual Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actor Willem Dafoe accepts the tribute award at the 28th annual Independent Filmmaker Project's Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actor Willem Dafoe accepts the tribute award at the 28th annual Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Ethan Hawke, star of “First Reformed,” took best actor. Best actress went to Toni Colette for the horror film “Hereditary.”

Author Paul Schrader accepts the Best Screenplay award at the 28th annual Independent Filmmaker Project's Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Author Paul Schrader accepts the Best Screenplay award at the 28th annual Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Yorgos Lanthimos’ period romp “The Favourite” also had a big role in the evening. Though it was shut out in the competitive categories, its trio of stars — Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone — were honored with an ensemble acting award. And Weisz was one of four of the night’s tribute honorees.

Source: The Associated Press