Hereditary's Toni Collette garners first major awards season win with Gotham Award, is it a precursor?

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Feb 20, 2019, 5:03 PM EST (Updated)

Those Oscar seeds that indie film distributor A24 planted for Hereditary star Toni Collette may already be sprouting. With awards season now underway, Collette just won the 28th Annual IFP Gotham Award for Best Actress for her turn as a grief-stricken mother in Ari Aster’s harrowing horror film.

So, whatever A24 is doing, it’s clearly not hurting. 

Hereditary centers on the Graham family as they cope (badly) with the death of Annie’s (Collette) mother. Annie’s daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) becomes eerily obsessed with her late grandmother and can’t stop making that creepy clucking sound with her tongue. Charlie’s brother Peter (Alex Wolff) begins to see things that aren’t there. And Annie’s husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) is just trying to keep everyone cool and prevent the family from having a meltdown.

Without giving anything away, things take decidedly dark and dismal turns for the Graham clan as the film progresses.

When Hereditary was released, critics immediately singled out Collette’s performance as award-worthy. In fact, many media outlets speculated that she could win the Academy’s coveted little golden statue for her performance. This is especially true now that the Academy appears to be getting less snobbish about genre filmmaking. 

Taking advantage of her positive notices, A24 has also been campaigning for the Academy to nominate Collette for best Actress in its overall Oscar push for Hereditary.

Now, the Oscars aren’t until February of next year, and the nominees won’t be announced until January. But Collette’s win last night at the Gotham Awards could be a precursor to what lies ahead.