Manchester by the Sea led the pack with four nominations going into tonight's 26th Independent Gotham Awards, an award ceremony celebrating independent film, as heralded by the Independent Filmmaker Project. But it was Oscar favorite Moonlight that took the night away, picking up multiple awards, including Best Feature and a Special Jury Award for the Ensemble Cast.
Hosted by Keegan-Michael Key, the Gotham Awards were handed out at Cipriani Wall Street, including career tributes to Amy Adams and Oliver Stone, and helping usher in the true start to the award season.
The Gotham Awards' Best Feature winner is especially important to look at, considering the winner of the award has gone on to win the Best Picture prize at the Academy Award the past two years. Could this be Moonlight's official push into Oscardom?
Complete list of winners:
Barry Jenkins, director
Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, producers
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
Ezra Edelman, director
Caroline Waterlow, Ezra Edelman, Tamara Rosenberg, Nina Krstic, Deirdre Fenton, Erin Leyden, producers
BEST BREAKTHROUGH SERIES - LONG FORM
Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, creators
Marc Webb, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, Erin Ehrlich, executive producers
(Sony Pictures Classics)
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR AWARD
Trey Edward Shults
Tarell Alvin McCraney, story by
Barry Jenkins, screeplay by
BREAKTHROUGH SERIES - SHORT FORM
Jen Richards, Laura Zak, creators
SPECIAL JURY AWARD - ENSEMBLE CAST
Cast of MOONLIGHT