The Independent Filmmaker Project tonight announced the winners of the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at its awards ceremony hosted by Keegan-Michael Key in New York City.
Winning the Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Gotham Audience Award, and a Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance was Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins’ stunning triptych-structured story of the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world. Moonlight is the first film in the history of the Gotham Awards to win four awards and the first to win both Best Feature and the Audience Award.
The award for Best Documentary went to O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman’s epic saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. The nearly eight-hour documentary premiered at Sundance and had a theatrical run in addition to its ESPN airing in June.
Winning the award for Best Actor was Casey Affleck for his affecting performance as a taciturn, grief-stricken man dragged back toward life when custody of his teenage nephew is forced upon him in Manchester by the Sea. Isabelle Huppert was voted Best Actress for Elle, in which she plays a businesswoman whose seemingly aloof reaction to a home invasion sexual attack serves as the complex and unpredictable driver for Paul Verhoeven’s scintillating thriller/bourgeois comedy.
Winning the Breakthrough Actor award was Anya Taylor-Joy, for her performance in The Witch as Thomasin, the teenage daughter of a Puritan family in 17th century New England, who becomes central to the supernatural disruption of their lives.
In addition to the competitive awards as previously announced a Special Jury Award was presented to nine actors from the cast of Moonlight for their ensemble work in the film. Career Tribute Awards were also awarded at the ceremony to actors Amy Adams and Ethan Hawke. Additionally director Oliver Stone and producer Arnon Milchan also received Career Tribute Awards.
The Winners of the 2016 Gotham Awards
Everybody Wants Some
Manchester by the Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made, America
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Robert Eggers, The Witch
Anna Rose Holmer, The Fits
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Swiss Army Man
Trey Edward Shults, Krisha
Richard Tanne, Southside with You
Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman
Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight, Story Tarell Alvin McCraney, Screenplay Barry Jenkins
Paterson, Jim Jarmusch
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Adam Driver, Paterson
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Craig Robinson, Morris from America
Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship
Annette Bening, 0th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Royalty Hightower, The Fits
Sasha Lane, American Honey
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch
The Girlfriend Experience
Horace and Pete
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Master of None
Special Jury Award, An Ensemble Performance
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