The 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards were given out this week and the ceremony gave us a sneak peek at what we can expect during this year’s competitive awards season. Barry Jenkins’ opus of identity and love, Moonlight won big nabbing honors for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, and previously announced Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance. Meanwhile Casey Affleck, despite the recently resurfacing of his sexual harassment allegations, won for his starring role in Manchester by the Sea.
Other winners include Isabelle Hupert for her role in Paul Verhoeven’s controversial drama Elle as well as Anya Taylor-Joy for her breakout role in The Witch. The complete list of winners can be read below.
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
HELL OR HIGH WATER, Taylor Sheridan
LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP, Whit Stillman
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Kenneth Lonergan
*WINNER: MOONLIGHT, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; screenplay by Barry Jenkins*
PATERSON, Jim Jarmusch
Special Jury Award For Ensemble Performance (previously announced)
MOONLIGHT, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, and Ashton Sanders