Gotham Awards 2016: ‘Moonlight’ Wins Big
The official kick-off for the film awards season is the Gotham Independent Film Awards, which took place tonight in New York.
Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age story Moonlight and Kenneth Lonergan’s riveting drama Manchester by the Sea had the most nominations, but Moonlight was the clear winner, picking up four prizes including best screenplay, best ensemble, and the audience award. Sundance-darling Manchester by the Sea scored one, Best Actor, which went to Casey Affleck.
Gallic import Isabelle Huppert took Best Actress for Elle besting out Oscar frontrunners Annette Bening (2oth Century Women), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Natalie Portman (Jackie).
Nominees for the New York-based Gothams, a kind of East Coast version of the Spirit Awards, were chosen by committees of film critics and journalists, festival programmers and film curators. A jury of filmmaking professionals including writers, directors, actors and producers determined the winners.
Read the full winners list below.
Best Feature: Moonlight
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Special Gotham Jury Award: Cast of Moonlight
Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award: Trey Edward Shults, Krisha
Breakthrough Actor: Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch
Best Screenplay: Moonlight, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Screenplay by Barry Jenkins
Breakthrough Series – Long Form: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Breakthrough Series – Short Form: “Her Story”