‘Moonlight’ Wins Big at Gotham Awards; Casey Affleck Takes Best Actor!! Check Out The List!!


The 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards were held last night in New York City, and it was a good night to be involved with Moonlight. The stunning coming-of-age drama reigned supreme, taking home the honors for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble, and the Audience Award. It’s surely another shot of momentum for the film on the awards circuit, as writer/director Barry Jenkins’ moving drama about a young homosexual black man finding his identity has been barreling through ever since it played big at Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival. What does this mean for Oscar? Well, the Gotham Awards are voted on by a pretty small group of individuals so it’s not a huge precursor, but the last two Best Feature winners did go on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Isabelle Huppert took home the Best Actress trophy for her buzzworthy turn in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, while Casey Affleck won Best Actor for his phenomenal performance in Manchester by the Sea. And excitingly, The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy scored the Breakthrough Actor trophy for her tremendous turn in Robert Eggers’ unnerving horror film.

Check out the full list of winners and nominees below.

Best Feature

Certain Women
Kelly Reichardt, director; Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, producers (IFC Films)

Everybody Wants Some!!
Richard Linklater, director; Megan Ellison, Ginger Sledge, Richard Linklater, producers (Paramount Pictures)

Manchester by the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan, director; Kimberly Steward, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin J. Walsh, producers (Amazon Studios)

Barry Jenkins, director; Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, producers (A24) – WINNER

Jim Jarmusch, director; Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan, producers (Amazon Studios)

Best Documentary

Kirsten Johnson, director; Marilyn Ness, producer (Janus Films)

I Am Not Your Negro
Raoul Peck, director; Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck, producers (Magnolia Pictures)

O.J.: Made in America
Ezra Edelman, director; Caroline Waterlow, Ezra Edelman, Tamara Rosenberg, Nina Krstic, Deirdre Fenton, Erin Leyden, producers (ESPN Films) – WINNER

Keith Maitland, director; Keith Maitland, Megan Gilbride, Susan Thomson, producers (Kino Lorber, Independent Lens)


Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, directors and producers (Sundance Selects and Showtime Documentary Films)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Robert Eggers for The Witch (A24)
Anna Rose Holmer for The Fits (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert for Swiss Army Man (A24)
Trey Edward Shults for Krisha (A24) – WINNER
Richard Tanne for Southside with You (Roadside Attractions and Miramax)

Best Screenplay
Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan (CBS Films)
Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman (Amazon Studios)
Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan (Amazon Studios)
Moonlight, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Screenplay by Barry Jenkins (A24) – WINNER
Paterson, Jim Jarmusch (Amazon Studios)

Best Actor
Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios) – WINNER
Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water (CBS Films)
Adam Driver in Paterson (Amazon Studios)
Joel Edgerton in Loving (Focus Features)
Craig Robinson in Morris from America (A24)

Best Actress
Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship (Amazon Studios)
Annette Bening in 20th Century Women (A24)
Isabelle Huppert in Elle (Sony Pictures Classics) – WINNER
Ruth Negga in Loving (Focus Features)
Natalie Portman in Jackie (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Breakthrough Actor
Lily Gladstone in Certain Women (IFC Films)
Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios)
Royalty Hightower in The Fits (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Sasha Lane in American Honey (A24)
Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch (A24) – WINNER

Breakthough Series — Longform

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – WINNER

The Girlfriend Experience

Horace and Pete

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Master of None

Breakthrough Series — Shortform

Her Story — WINNER

The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo

The Movement

Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People


via Collider

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