Gotham Awards: 'Manchester by the Sea' Scores Leading 4 Nominations

1:53 PM 11/27/2016

by Hilary Lewis

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Manchester By The Sea - Kyle Chandler and Casey Affleck -still 1 - H 2016
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Kenneth Lonergan's Casey Affleck-starrer Manchester by the Sea scored a leading four Gotham Independent Film Award nominations, including one for best feature, it was revealed Thursday.

Facing off against Amazon Studios' Manchester by the Sea in the top category are IFC's Kelly Reichardt-directed Certain Women, Paramount's Richard Linklater-helmed Everybody Wants Some, A24's Barry Jenkins-directed Moonlight and fellow Amazon title Paterson, helmed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Adam Driver.

Moonlight, which has been getting rave reviews as it has screened at various film festivals this fall, also earned a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance, the same honor given to the cast of future best picture winner Spotlight at last year's Gotham Awards. The ensemble award will go to actors Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monae, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes and Ashton Sanders. In bestowing the award to Moonlight's ensemble, the best actor/best actress and breakthrough actor nominating panels said that in the A24 film, "actors at all levels of experience give outstanding performances that speak eloquently to one another both within and across each chapter of the story.”

In all, Moonlight received three nominations, including one for best screenplay, by Jenkins, with a story by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Fellow best screenplay nominees include Taylor Sheridan's Hell or High Water, Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship, Manchester by the Sea and Paterson.

Paterson also landed three nominations, with the third coming in the best actor category for star Driver. There, Driver faces off against Affleck, Loving's Joel Edgerton, Hell or High Water's Jeff Bridges and Morris From America's Craig Robinson.

The best actress nominees are Love & Friendship's Kate Beckinsale, 20th Century Women's Annette Bening, Elle's Isabelle Huppert, Loving's Ruth Negga and Jackie's Natalie Portman.

Nominees for the Bingham Ray breakthrough director award are as follows: The Witch's Robert Eggers, The Fits' Anna Rose Holmer, Swiss Army Man's Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Krisha's Trey Edward Shults and Southside With You's Richard Tanne.

The best documentary nominees include a number of high-profile titles: ESPN Films' O.J.: Made in America, Weiner and I Am Not Your Negro. Cameraperson and Tower round out the category.

For the second year in a row, the Gotham Awards also will recognize shortform online content and longform TV series. Breakthrough longform series nominees include Louis C.K.'s self-distributed Horace and Pete, The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Starz's The Girlfriend Experience and Netflix's Master of None and Marvel's Jessica Jones.

The Gotham Award nominees are selected by committees of film critics, journalists, festival programmers and film curators. Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors and others directly involved in making films will determine the final award recipients.

IFP members vote on the winner in the final competitive category, the audience award. The 15 films nominated for best feature, best documentary and the Bingham Ray breakthrough director award make up the nominees in that category. The winner was determined via online voting by IFP members from Nov. 16-23 and will be announced at the Gotham Awards ceremony.

The Gotham Awards will be handed out on Monday, Nov. 28, at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street. In addition to the competitive awards, previously announced tributes also will be given to actors Amy Adams and Ethan Hawke, director Oliver Stone and industry tribute recipient, producer and New Regency founder and chairman Arnon Milchan. The New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment will also receive a special appreciation award, celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York City's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. NYC film commissioner Julie Menin and deputy mayor Alicia Glen will accept the honor and then present two "Made in NY" awards to Aziz Ansari (Master of None) and Judith Light (Transparent).

The Gotham Awards are seen as the official start of Oscar season. Recent Gotham Award winners have included Oscar nominees and winners Spotlight, Birdman, Boyhood, Citizenfour, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Act of Killing, Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Beginners, The Tree of Life, Winter’s Bone and The Hurt Locker.

A full list of this year's Gotham Independent Film Award nominees follows.

Full disclosure: The Hollywood Reporter's film and theater critic David Rooney and chief TV critic Tim Goodman were on the best actor/best actress and breakthrough longform series nominating committees.

  • Best Feature

    Moonlight ***WINNER
    Barry Jenkins, director; Adele RomanskiDede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, producers (A24)

    Certain Women
    Kelly Reichardt, director; Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, producers (IFC Films)

    Everybody Wants Some
    Richard Linklater, director; Megan Ellison, Ginger Sledge, Richard Linklater, producers (Paramount Pictures)

    Manchester by the Sea
    Kenneth Lonergan, director; Kimberly Steward, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin J. Walsh, producers (Amazon Studios)

    Jim Jarmusch, director; Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan, producers (Amazon Studios)

  • Best Documentary

    O.J.: Made in America ***WINNER
    Ezra Edelman, director; Caroline Waterlow, Ezra Edelman, Tamara Rosenberg, Nina Krstic, Deirdre Fenton, Erin Leyden, producers (ESPN Films)

    Kirsten Johnson, director; Marilyn Ness, producer (Janus Films)

    I Am Not Your Negro
    Raoul Peck, director; Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck, producers (Magnolia Pictures)

    Keith Maitland, director; Keith Maitland, Megan Gilbride, Susan Thomson, producers (Kino Lorber, Independent Lens)

    Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, directors and producers (Sundance Selects and Showtime Documentary Films)

  • Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

    Trey Edward Shults for Krisha (A24) ***WINNER

    Robert Eggers for The Witch (A24)

    Anna Rose Holmer for The Fits (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

    Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert for Swiss Army Man (A24)

    Richard Tanne for Southside With You (Roadside Attractions and Miramax)

  • Audience Award

    Best Feature

    Moonlight ***WINNER
    Everybody Wants Some
    Manchester by the Sea

    Best Documentary

    I Am Not Your Negro
    O.J.: Made in America

    Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

    The Fits
    Southside With You
    Swiss Army Man
    The Witch

  • Best Screenplay

    Moonlight, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Screenplay by Barry Jenkins (A24) ***WINNER

    Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan (CBS Films)

    Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman (Amazon Studios)

    Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan (Amazon Studios)

    Paterson, Jim Jarmusch (Amazon Studios)

  • Best Actor*

    Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios) ***WINNER

    Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water (CBS Films)

    Adam Driver in Paterson (Amazon Studios)

    Joel Edgerton in Loving (Focus Features)

    Craig Robinson in Morris From America (A24)

  • Best Actress*

    Isabelle Huppert in Elle (Sony Pictures Classics) ***WINNER

    Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship (Amazon Studios)

    Annette Bening in 20th Century Women (A24)

    Ruth Negga in Loving (Focus Features)

    Natalie Portman in Jackie (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  • Breakthrough Actor*

    Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch (A24) ***WINNER 

    Lily Gladstone in Certain Women (IFC Films)

    Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios)

    Royalty Hightower in The Fits (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

    Sasha Lane in American Honey (A24)

    * The 2016 Best Actor/Best Actress and Breakthrough Actor nominating panels also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance to Moonlight, “in which actors at all levels of experience give outstanding performances that speak eloquently to one another both within and across each chapter of the story.” The awards will go to actors Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, and Ashton Sanders.

  • Breakthrough Series -- Longform

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna, creators; Marc Webb, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, Erin Ehrlich, executive producers (The CW) ***WINNER

    The Girlfriend Experience, Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, creators; Steven Soderbergh, Philip Fleischman, Amy Seimetz, Lodge Kerrigan, Jeff Cuban, Gary Marcus, executive producers (Starz)

    Horace and Pete, Louis C.K., creator; M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Vernon Chatman, Dino Stamatopoulos, executive producers (

    Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Melissa Rosenberg, creator; Melissa Rosenberg, Liz Friedman, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Jim Chory, Jeph Loeb, Howard Klein, executive producers (Netflix)

    Master of None, Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, creators; Michael Schur, David Miner, Dave Becky, executive producers (Netflix)

  • Breakthrough Series -- Shortform

    Her Story, Jen Richards and Laura Zak, creators ( ***WINNER
    The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo, Brian Jordan Alvarez, creator (YouTube)
    The Movement, Darnell Moore, Host (
    Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People, Dylan Marron, creator (Seriously.TV)
    Surviving, Reagan Gomez, creator (YouTube)