Steven Spielberg tests positive for Covid forcing him to bow out from the Gotham Awards in NY

Steven Spielberg tests positive for Covid forcing him to bow out from presenting Michelle Williams with a tribute at the Gotham Awards in NY

  • The legendary filmmaker, 75, was set to present Michelle Williams, 42, with a performer tribute on Monday
  • However, the three-time Academy Award winner was forced to skip the awards after testing positive for Covid
  • He was replaced by Paul Dano, 38, who confirmed that Spielberg came down with the virus while onstage, saying ‘Steven got Covid’
  • Dano and Williams co-star in the new Spielberg-directed film The Fabelmans,  based on Spielberg’s own parents and their eventual divorce

Steven Spielberg was unable to attend Monday night’s Gotham Awards in New York due to Covid.

The legendary filmmaker, 75, was set to present actress Michelle Williams, 42, with a performer tribute, but had to skip after testing positive for the virus. 

He was replaced by Paul Dano, 38 – Williams’ co-star in the Spielberg-directed film The Fabelmans – who confirmed the news on stage saying ‘Steven got Covid’, after it was initially reported by Variety

Covid: Steven Spielberg was unable to attend Monday night's Gotham Awards in New York after coming down with Covid; Pictured 2022 in Hollywood

Covid: Steven Spielberg was unable to attend Monday night’s Gotham Awards in New York after coming down with Covid; Pictured 2022 in Hollywood

During the presentation Dano recounted some memories of being at the film’s Hollywood premiere with Williams, and how they spoke about being young actors in Los Angeles.

‘Michelle said, “I remember just driving around town looking for work.” And I thought, “Imagine if that teenage girl knew that at the midpoint of her career she’d be seeing a tribute award at the Gothams from none other than Steven Spielberg, and what would she have thought?”‘ 

He went on, ‘Then I thought, “Well, what if we had to tell that girl that Steven got COVID?” She’d be like, “What’s COVID?” and that “Paul Dano was going to introduce you?” She’d be like, “Who the f**k is Paul Dano?”‘ 

Missing out: The legendary filmmaker, 75, was set to present actress Michelle Williams, 42, with a performer tribute, but had to skip after testing positive for the virus

Missing out: The legendary filmmaker, 75, was set to present actress Michelle Williams, 42, with a performer tribute, but had to skip after testing positive for the virus

Williams lit up the red carpet at the awards – held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York – in a sensational sequin mini dress, nearly a full month after welcoming her third child.

Her short blonde hair fell to just below her ears, accessorizing with unique gemstone earrings and a large red ring.

She completed her look with gold platform heels while hitting the red carpet for the annual event. 

'Steven got Covid': He was replaced by Paul Dano, 38 - Williams' co-star in the Spielberg-directed film The Fabelmans - who confirmed the news onstage

‘Steven got Covid’: He was replaced by Paul Dano, 38 – Williams’ co-star in the Spielberg-directed film The Fabelmans – who confirmed the news onstage 

Mom of three: Williams lit up the red carpet at the awards - held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York - in a sensational sequin mini dress, nearly a full month after welcoming her third child

Mom of three: Williams lit up the red carpet at the awards – held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York – in a sensational sequin mini dress, nearly a full month after welcoming her third child

The Gotham Awards is the first ceremony to kick off awards season, recognizing achievements of performers in film and television.

‘We are exceptionally proud to honor Michelle Williams, whose iconic performances in collaboration with our most renowned directors have defined her as a leading talent of her generation,’ said Jeffrey Sharp, executive director of The Gotham Film & Media Institute, in a statement when the award was announced in October.

‘Michelle is a true New Yorker and we are thrilled to claim her as one of our own by recognizing her with a Performer Tribute at this year’s Gotham Awards,’ he added.

Williams is garnering a lot of Oscar buzz for her role as Mitzi Fabelman in The Fabelmans.

Oscars buzz: Williams is garnering a lot of Oscar buzz for her role as Mitzi Fabelman in The Fabelmans, which is is based on Spielberg's own parents and their eventual divorce

Oscars buzz: Williams is garnering a lot of Oscar buzz for her role as Mitzi Fabelman in The Fabelmans, which is is based on Spielberg’s own parents and their eventual divorce

She’s expected to land her fifth Oscar nomination for the role, which may ultimately land her first Oscar win.

The actress was previously nominated for Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, My Week With Marilyn and Manchester by the Sea.

The semi-autobiographical film, directed by Spielberg, is based on Steven’s own parents and their eventual divorce. 

The director’s mother Leah died in 2017 at the age of 97 while his father died in 2020 at the age of 103.

Steven's childhood: The Fabelmans hit the cinemas in US on November 11, and is set to be released across UK and Ireland on January 27, 2023

Steven’s childhood: The Fabelmans hit the cinemas in US on November 11, and is set to be released across UK and Ireland on January 27, 2023

The log line for the film reads: ‘Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, a young man named Sammy Fabelman discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.’

It is written by Steven and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner.

The Fabelmans hit the cinemas in US on November 11, and is set to be released across UK and Ireland on January 27, 2023. 

2022 Gotham Awards Winners

Best Feature

Aftersun

Charlotte Wells, director; Adele Romanski, Amy Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Mark Ceryak, producers (A24)

The Cathedral

Ricky D’Ambrose, director; Graham Swon, producer (MUBI)

Dos Estaciones

Juan Pablo González, director; Ilana Coleman, Jamie Gonçalves, Bruna Haddad, Makena Buchanan, producers (Cinema Guild)

Everything Everywhere All At Once 

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, directors; Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Jonathan Wang, producers (A24) – WINNER

Tár

Todd Field, director; Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, Todd Field, producers (Focus Features)

 

Outstanding Lead Performance

Cate Blanchett in Tár (Focus Features)

Danielle Deadwyler in Till (United Artists Releasing / Orion Pictures) – WINNER

Dale Dickey in A Love Song (Bleecker Street)

Colin Farrell in After Yang (A24)

Brendan Fraser in The Whale (A24)

Paul Mescal in Aftersun (A24)

Thandiwe Newton in God’s Country (IFC Films)

Aubrey Plaza in Emily the Criminal (Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment)

Taylor Russell in Bones and All (United Artists Releasing / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24)

 

Outstanding Supporting Performance

Jessie Buckley in Women Talking (United Artists Releasing / Orion Pictures)

Raúl Castillo in The Inspection (A24)

Hong Chau in The Whale (A24)

Brian Tyree Henry in Causeway (Apple TV+)

Nina Hoss in Tár (Focus Features)

Noémie Merlant in Tár (Focus Features)

Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24) – WINNER

Mark Rylance in Bones and All (United Artists Releasing / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

Gabrielle Union in The Inspection (A24)

Ben Whishaw in Women Talking (United Artists Releasing / Orion Pictures)

 

Best Documentary Feature

All That Breathes

Shaunak Sen, director; Aman Mann, Shaunak Sen, Teddy Leifer producers (A Sideshow & Submarine Deluxe Release in Association with HBO Documentary Films) – WINNER

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

Laura Poitras, director; Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Nan Goldin, Yoni Golijov, Laura Poitras, producers (NEON)

I Didn’t See You There

Reid Davenport, director; Keith Wilson, producer (RePort Media)

The Territory

Alex Pritz, director; Alex Pritz, Darren Aronofsky, Sigrid Dyekjær, Will N. Miller, Gabriel Uchida, Lizzie Gillett, producers (National Geographic Documentary Films)

What We Leave Behind

Iliana Sosa, director; Emma D. Miller, Isidore Bethel, producers (ARRAY)

 

Best International Feature

Athena

Romain Gavras, director; Romain Gavras, Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Jean Duhamel, Nicolas Lhermitte, Ladj Ly, producers (Netflix)

The Banshees of Inisherin

Martin McDonagh, director; Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh, producers (Searchlight Pictures)

Corsage

Marie Kreutzer, director; Alexander Glehr, Johanna Scherz, Bernard Michaux, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Jean-Christophe Reymond, producers (IFC Films)

Decision to Leave

Park Chan-wook, director and producer (MUBI)

Happening

Audrey Diwan, director; Edouard Weil, Alice Girard producers (IFC Films) – WINNER

Saint Omer

Alice Diop, director; Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral, producers (Super LTD)

 

Breakthrough Performer 

Frankie Corio in Aftersun

Kali Reis in Catch the Fair One

Gracija Flipovic in Murina – WINNER

Anna Diop in Nanny

Anna Cobb in We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

 

Best Screenplay

Kogonada (After Yang)

James Gray (Armageddon Time)

Lena Dunham (Catherine Called Birdy)

Todd Field (Tár) – WINNER

Sarah Polley (Women Talking)

 

Breakthrough Director 

Charlotte Wells (Aftersun) – WINNER

Owen Kline (Funny Pages)

Elegance Bratton (The Inspection)

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic (Murina)

Beth De Araújo (Soft & Quiet)

Jane Schoenbrun (We’re All Going to the World’s Fair)

 

Breakthrough Non-Fiction Series 

The Andy Warhol Diaries

The Last Movie Stars

Mind Over Murder

The Rehearsal

We Need to Talk About Cosby – WINNER

 

Television Performers 

Bilal Baig (Sort Of)

Ayo Edebiri (The Bear)

Janelle James (Abbott Elementary)

Matilda Lawler (Station Eleven)

Britt Lower (Severance)

Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets)

Sue Ann Pien (As We See It)

Minha Kim (Pachinko)

Zahn McClarnon (Dark Winds)

Ben Whishaw (This Is Going To Hurt) – WINNER

 

Breakthrough Television Under 40 Minutes 

Abbott Elementary (ABC)

As We See It (Amazon Prime Video)

Mo (Netflix) – WINNER

Rap Sh!t (HBO Max)

Somebody, Somewhere (HBO)

 

Breakthrough Television Over 40 Minutes 

Pachinko (Apple+) – WINNER

Severance (Apple+)

Station Eleven (HBO Max)

This Is Going To Hurt (AMC+)

Yellowjackets (Showtime)

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