The 2015-16 awards season is officially underway now that IFP has announced the nominees for the 25th Gotham Independent Film Awards. As has been previously reported, this year the Gotham Awards will include a Best Screenplay Award, bringing its total honors count up eight prizes. Additionally, “Carol” director Todd Haynes will be honored with the Directors Tribute, while Helen Mirren and Robert Redford receive the Actress and Actor Tributes, respectively.
While the Gotham Independent Film Awards are not historically a precursor to the Oscars, they often overlap in nominees and usually get to highlight performances and films that would never make it to the larger award ceremonies. This year, big award contenders like “Carol,” “Spotlight” and “Room” all secured nominations, but so did smaller titles that have been some of the most well-reviewed indie releases of the year like “Heaven Knows What,” “Tangerine” and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” which leads this year’s crop with 4 nominations.
Twenty writers, critics and programmers participated in the nomination process, including Indiewire’s own Deputy Editor and Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn. The 25th IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards will take place November 30 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Below are the 2015 nominees.
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Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work in “Spotlight.”