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‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Leads Gotham Awards Nominations; ‘Carol,’ ‘Tangerine’ Close Behind

'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Leads Gotham Awards Nominations; 'Carol,' 'Tangerine' Close Behind

With nods for Best Feature, Breakthrough Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, Marielle Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” led this morning’s idiosyncratic-as-ever Gotham Awards nominations with four, followed closely by Todd Haynes’ “Carol” and Sean Baker’s iPhone-shot “Tangerine,” with three apiece.

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The Gotham nominations, selected by a handful of small juries, are often seen as an unofficial kick-off to the Oscar race, but yet again this year the overlap is likely to be spotty. Among the (laudable) less mainstream choices were Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Heaven Knows What” for Best Feature, more or less the entire Best Actor field, and Kristen Wiig’s Best Actress nomination for “Welcome to Me.” (There are no supporting categories.)

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As Grantland’s Mark Harris noted on Twitter, he and fellow critics Bilge Ebiri (New York Magazine), Ann Hornaday (Washington Post), Liza Schwarzbaum (formerly Entertainment Weekly), and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) spent a month watching movies to arrive at their wickedly inventive Best Actor and Best Actress slates.

They also decided to award a special ensemble acting prize to the “Spotlight” team of Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D’Arcy James. The critically acclaimed drama, which follows the Boston Globe staffers who exposed the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal in 2001-2002, also notched nominations for Best Feature, and for Josh Singer and director Tom McCarthy’s screenplay.

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The 25th Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Film Project, will be handed out Nov. 30 in New York. Read the full list of nominations below:      

Best Feature
“Carol”
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
“Heaven Knows What”
“Spotlight”
“Tangerine”

Best Documentary
“Approaching the Elephant”
“Cartel Land”
“Heart of a Dog”
“Listen to Me Marlon”
“The Look of Silence”

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Desiree Akhavan, “Appropriate Behavior”
Jonas Carpigano, “Mediterranea”
Marielle Heller, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
John Magary, “The Mend”
Josh Mond, “James White”

Best Screenplay
Noah Baumbach, “While We’re Young”
Marielle Heller, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner, “Love & Mercy”
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”
Phyllis Nagy, “Carol”

Best Actor
Christopher Abbott, “James White”
Kevin Corrigan, “Results”
Paul Dano, “Love & Mercy”
Peter Sarsgaard, “Experimenter”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Blythe Danner, “I’ll See You in My Dreams”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Bel Powley, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”
Kristen Wiig, “Welcome to Me”

Breakthrough Actor
Rory Culkin, “Gabriel”
Arielle Holmes, “Heaven Knows What”
Lola Kirke, “Mistress America”
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, “Tangerine”
Mya Taylor, “Tangerine”

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