'Past Lives' took home the top accolade at the Gotham Awards on Monday night (27.11.23).
The romantic drama movie scooped the Best Feature accolade at the ceremony at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street, and writer-director Celine Song admitted the prize is "such an honour".
She told the audience: "Thank you, Gotham, for this award. It’s such an honour.
"It really means the world to receive it with my debut set in New York City, a city I live in and love deeply."
But Song missed out on the Breakthrough Director gong, which was an all-female category this year, with the prize going to A.V. Rockwell for 'A Thousand and One'.
Accepting the award, an emotional Rockwell said: "Maybe one of the biggest things actually was telling a very truthful, authentic, very raw experience that can be so hard when it’s culturally specific and I felt like I fought tooth and nail for every inch of, every piece of what you’ve seen on screen.
"Just to be frank, it is very hard to tell a very culturally specific story when you look like this [touching the skin on back of her hand]."