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Moonlight topped the 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards, which were handed out Monday night in Manhattan.
Keegan-Michael Key hosted the ceremony that's seen as the start of Oscar season.
Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, about a young black boy coming to terms with his sexuality, won four awards, including the audience prize and a special jury award for its ensemble cast. Other noteworthy winners included O.J.: Made in America (best documentary), Elle's Isabelle Huppert (best actress) and Manchester by the Sea's Casey Affleck (best actor).
Manchester by the Sea went into the night with a leading leading four nominations (excluding the audience award nomination), including one for best feature, where it faced off against Certain Women, Everybody Wants Some, Moonlight and Paterson.
For the second year in a row the Gotham Awards also handed out two awards for breakthrough TV and web series, with The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend winning the TV award.
In addition to the competitive awards, previously announced tributes also were 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 also received 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 accepted the honor and then presented two "Made in NY" awards to Aziz Ansari (Master of None) and Judith Light (Transparent).
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