The announcement of the Gotham Awards for this year kick-started the award season. While the Gotham Awards don’t necessarily overlap with the Oscars, the ceremony held at Cipriani Wall Street has predicted best picture at the Academy Awards for the last two years. So there is no doubt in the importance of this award session.
In a formidable sweep, and perhaps a sign of things to come this awards season, “Moonlight” won Best Feature at the 26th annual Gotham Independent Awards, held on Monday. It was a big night for the coming-of-age story directed by Barry Jenkins, which landed four prizes, including best screenplay, best ensemble, and the audience award. The highly acclaimed drama tells the story of human connection and self-discovery and chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Casey Affleck got Best actor for playing a lonely janitor in “Manchester by the Sea.” Isabelle Huppert picked up best actress for her performance in “Elle“.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
Barry Jenkins, director; Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, producers (A24)
O.J.: Made in America
Ezra Edelman, director; Caroline Waterlow, Ezra Edelman, Tamara Rosenberg, Nina Krstic, Deirdre Fenton, Erin Leyden, producers (ESPN Films)
Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna, creators; Marc Webb, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, Erin Ehrlich, executive producers (The CW)
Isabelle Huppert in Elle (Sony Pictures Classics)
Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Trey Edward Shults for Krisha (A24)
Moonlight, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Screenplay by Barry Jenkins (A24)
Breakthrough Series – Short Form
Her Story, Jen Richards and Laura Zak, creators (herstoryshow.com)
Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch (A24)
So do you think Moonlight will be triumphant at the Oscars too?!