The 2015 Gotham Awards were held last night in New York City, honoring the year’s best in independent film, primarily focused on those made in the Northeastern region of the United States. This year marked the 25th Gotham Awards presented by the Independent Feature Project, and saw Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight win big, taking home Best Feature, Best Screenplay and a special jury award for Best Ensemble Performance. This year’s special Gotham Tributes went to founder Steve Golin, director Todd Haynes, Robert Redford and Helen Mirren. 

You can see the full list of nominees and winners below.

Best Feature

WINNER: SPOTLIGHT – Tom McCarthy, director; , Steve Golin, , Blye Pagan Faust, producers (Open Road Films)

CAROL – Todd Haynes, director; , , , producers (The Weinstein Company)

– , director; , , , , producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

– , , directors; , Sebastian Bear-McClard, producers (RADiUS)

TANGERINE – , director; , , , , producers (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Documentary

WINNER: – , director; , (Drafthouse Films)

APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT – Amanda Rose Wilder, director; , , Amanda Rose Wilder, producers (Kingdom County Productions)

CARTEL LAND – Matthew Heineman, director; Matthew Heineman, , producers (The Orchard and A&E IndieFilms

HEART OF A DOG – Laurie Anderson, director; , Laurie Anderson, producers (Abramorama and HBO Documentary Films)

– , director; , , , producers (Showtime Documentary Films)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

WINNER: Jonas Carpigano for Mediterranea (Sundance Selects)

for Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures)

for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics)

John Magary for The Mend (Cinelicious Pics)

for James White (The Arcade)

Best Screenplay

WINNER: Spotlight, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Open Road Films)

Carol, (The Weinstein Company)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, (Sony Pictures Classics)

Love & Mercy, and Michael Alan Lerner (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment)

While We’re Young, (A24)

Best Actor*

WINNER: Paul Dano in Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment)

in James White (The Arcade)

in Results (Magnolia Pictures)

in Experimenter (Magnolia Pictures)

in 99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures)

Best Actress*

WINNER: in The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics)

in Carol (The Weinstein Company)

in I’ll See You in My Dreams (Bleecker Street)

in Room (A24 Films)

in Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics)

in Welcome to Me (Alchemy)

Breakthrough Actor

WINNER: in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

in Gabriel (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

in Heaven Knows What (RADiUS)

in Mistress America (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

*WINNER:  The 2015 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to , , , , , and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work in Spotlight. (Open Road Films).

Breakthrough Series – Long Form

WINNER: MR. ROBOT, Sam Esmail, Creator (USA Network)


TRANSPARENT, , Creator (Amazon)


UNREAL, , , Creators (Lifetime)

Breakthrough Series – Short Form

WINNER: “Shugs and Fats,” Nadia Manzoor and Radhka Vaz, Creator (ShugsandFats.TV)

“Bee and PuppyCat,” Natasha Alllegri, Creator (Cartoon Hangover)

“The Impossibilities,” Anna Kerrigan, Creator (

“Qraftish,” Christal, Creator (

“You’re So Talented,” Sam Bailey, Creator (Open TV)


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