Gotham Awards 2016: ‘Manchester By The Sea’ Leads With Four Nominations, ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Paterson’ Also Dominate

"Everybody Wants Some!!" and "Certain Women" round out the Best Picture field, while indies like "The Fits" and "Morris From America" also get some love.
Gotham Awards 2016 Nominations: 'Manchester By The Sea' Leads The Pack
2016 Gotham Award Nominees

Let the race begin! The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) has officially kicked off the 2016-17 awards season with this morning’s nominations for the 26th Annual Gotham Awards, which will take place November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. While not the largest awards show of season, the Gothams are one of the most important platforms for indies looking to get a real jump start in the race. Just look at nominations for amazing films like “The Fits,” “Krisha” and “Love & Friendship” to see why the Gotham Awards are so essential.

This year, Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed drama “Manchester By The Sea” leads the pack with four nominations, including Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Picture, where it will be joined by “Certain Women,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Moonlight” and “Paterson.” The latter two, which are some of the most acclaimed indies of the year, cleaned up nicely as well with multiple nominations. Adam Driver will be competing for Best Actor, while the entire cast of “Moonlight” will receive the Gotham Jury Award for Ensemble Performance.

In addition to the competitive awards, Gotham Award Tributes will be given to actors Amy Adams and Ethan Hawke, director Oliver Stone, and Industry Tribute recipient, producer Arnon Milchan. This year’s nomination jury included IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Liz Shannon Miller.

Check out all of the nominees for the 2016 IFP Gotham Awards below.

Best Feature
“Certain Women”
“Everybody Wants Some!!”
“Manchester by the Sea”

Best Documentary
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“O.J.: Made in America”

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Robert Eggers for “The Witch”
Anna Rose Holmer for “The Fits”
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert for “Swiss Army Man”
Trey Edward Shults for “Krisha”
Richard Tanne for “Southside with You”

READ MORE: Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ Journey: How the Year’s Great Discovery Became an American Cinema Milestone

Best Screenplay
“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan
“Love & Friendship,” Whit Stillman
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
“Moonlight,” Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Screenplay by Barry Jenkins
“Paterson,” Jim Jarmusch

Best Actor
Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea”
Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
Adam Driver in “Paterson”
Joel Edgerton in “Loving”
Craig Robinson in “Morris from America”

Best Actress
Kate Beckinsale in “Love & Friendship”
Annette Bening in 20th “Century Women”
Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
Ruth Negga in “Loving”
Natalie Portman in “Jackie”

Breakthrough Actor
Lily Gladstone in “Certain Women”
Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
Royalty Hightower in “The Fits”
Sasha Lane in “American Honey”
Anya Taylor-Joy in “The Witch”

READ MORE: ‘American Honey’ Star Sasha Lane: How One Wild Spring Break Led To Becoming Indie’s Newest It Girl

Special Jury Award For Ensemble Performance
Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, and Ashton Sanders.

Breakthrough Series – Long Form
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
“The Girlfriend Experience”
“Horace and Pete”
“Marvel’s Jessica Jones”
“Master of None”

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
“The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo” (YouTube)
“Her Story” (
“The Movement” (
“Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People” (Seriously.TV)
“Surviving” (YouTube)

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