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It was a good night for Moonlight at the Gotham Independent Film Awards last night, with the Barry Jenkins-directed drama fending off competition from Certain Women, Everybody Wants Some!!, Manchester by the Sea and Paterson to win Best Feature, while it was also honoured with Best Screenplay, the Audience Award, and a special jury award for ensemble performance.
If the last two years are any indication, Moonlight could make a big splash at the Oscars, with the past two Best Feature winners Birdman and Spotlight both going on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Via EW, here’s a full list of winners from the 2016 Gotham Awards…
- Gary Collinson
The acclaimed drama, which last week got six Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, won the Gotham Award for best feature and its script, with a story by Tarell Alvin McCraney and a screenplay by Jenkins, won in the screenplay category.
The film also won the Gotham Audience Award and cast members Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes and Ashton Sanders were presented with the previously announced Special Jury for Ensemble Performance.
The 2016 Gotham Awards kicked off at Cipriani Wall Street with host Keegan-Michael Key hitting a political note. Key opened the night by pretending that he had missed the election, armed with a pre-written a speech with Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States. Then he got the news about Donald Trump’s victory. “Thank God he’s not going to live here,” Key said to light laughter. (“Boo. Not funny. Sorry Keegan,” hissed a nominated actress in attendance.)
Anya Taylor-Joy was the surprise winner of the breakthrough actor award for her performance in the horror thriller “The Witch,” beating out favorites such as Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Sasha Lane (“American Honey”).
“The films nominated tonight show us so much about our lives and our world,” said Joana Vicente, the executive director of the Independent Filmmaking Projects, which hosts the event. She noted that Ifp »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Kicking off the onslaught of awards this year, as always, is the Gotham Independent Film Awards, which celebrates its 26th anniversary. Usually a strong slate highlighting some of the year’s best films, 2016 is no different as Manchester by the Sea leads the pack with four nominations. Close behind is Moonlight (which will also pick up a special ensemble award) and Paterson with three each overall.
Rounding out the Best Feature line-up, along with the three aforementioned films, is Certain Women and Everybody Wants Some!!. As for the Best Documentary line-up, Cameraperson, I Am Not Your Negro, O.J.: Made in America, Tower, and Weiner all made the cut. With Krisha, The Witch, The Fits, Elle, Morris From America, Jackie, and more also getting nods, the list makes for the ideal what-to-watch-before-the-year-is-over rundown.
Check out the full list of nominations below.
- Jordan Raup
The drama, about a man who is named the legal guardian of his young nephew after the death of his brother, was nominated for a total of four awards. It scored a nod for best feature, and also made the cut for screenplay (by Lonergan), actor (lead Casey Affleck) and breakthrough actor (Lucas Hedges, who plays the nephew). The title has been a favorite on the festival circuit since it bowed at Sundance early this year.
“Manchester by the Sea” is in the running for the Gothams’ top film award with Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson.” The latter also notched nominations for screenplay (Jarmusch) and actor Adam Driver.
“Moonlight,” which has »
- Gordon Cox
Computer hacking in film and TV has taken on many different forms over the years, from the more visual approach of “Hackers” to the narration-heavy “Mr. Robot.” A group of panelists gathered at Google in Venice, Calif. on Monday to discuss hacking and cyber security’s growing popularity in storylines.
“If the hack is not feasible in real life it doesn’t get into our script,” Kor Adana, a writer and technical producer on “Mr. Robot” said. “I spend my day breaking story in the writers’ room but I spend my night talking to my team of consultants and we’ll come up with an approach that’s feasible and works.”
If a hack gets written in, Adana said that he and his team will actually perform the hack to get screenshots or video of what the screen would look like. They then create a Flash program that they end up shooting with stars Rami Malek or »
- Jacob Bryant
6 items from 2016
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