Moonlight wins big at the 2016 Gotham Awards

Moonlight movie posterFollowing months of widespread critical acclaim and surprising box office success, Moonlight continued its impressive awards streak at the 2016 Gotham Awards in New York City on Monday night.

The coming-of-age drama, directed by Barry Jenkins, took home the top prize for Best Feature, as well as Best Screenplay, the Audience Award, and the Ensemble Cast Award.

Mahershala Ali was on hand to accept the awards on behalf of the cast and crew, alongside co-stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Jaden Piner.

Check out our interviews with director Barry Jenkins and the cast, including Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes and André Holland, by clicking here.

Other honorees included O.J.: Made in America, which was named Best Documentary, and Casey Affleck, who won for his starring role in Manchester by the Sea.

French actor Isabelle Huppert bested awards-season frontrunner Annette Bening for top actress for her work in the dramatic thriller Elle.

Organized by the Independent Film Project and hosted by comedian Keegan-Michael Key, the festivities also featured special tributes to Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, Oliver Stone, and producer Arnon Milchan. ~Shelby Morton

Full list of nominees and winners:

Best Feature
Certain Women
Everybody Wants Some!!
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight  – WINNER
Paterson

Best Documentary
Cameraperson
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America – WINNER
Tower
Weiner

Audience Award
Moonlight

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

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 – WINNER
Paterson, Jim Jarmusch

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

Best Actress
Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert, Elle – WINNER
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

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

Ensemble Cast Award
Moonlight

Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – WINNER
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
Her Story – WINNER
The Movement 
Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People 
Surviving

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    I still think it’ll be La La Land at the Oscars.

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    It’s winning a lot, I may have to see this one.

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