“Spotlight” was named Best Feature at the 25th Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on Monday.
Director Tom McCarthy’s film about the Boston Globe’s investigation of the Catholic priest abuse scandal also claimed the best screenplay prize for McCarthy and Josh Singer, and its ensemble cast was given a special jury prize.
And 23-year-old Bel Powley edged out several veterans, including Cate Blanchett for “Carol,” Blythe Danner for “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and Brie Larson for “Room” to claim best actress for her work on the Sundance hit “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”
Mya Taylor from “Tangerine” won the first award, Breakthrough Actor. The transgender actress was nominated alongside her castmate, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez. (The “Breakthrough Actor” category is gender-neutral, and contained both male and female nominees.)
Joshua Oppenheimer‘s “The Look of Silence,” a companion piece to “the Act of Killing” and a film about a family of Indonesian genocide survivors, won the best documentary award. Jonas Carpigano took the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director prize for “Mediterranea,” a refugee story that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
The dystopian USA series “Mr. Robot” won the first-ever Gotham Award for breakthrough longform series, while “Shugs and Fats” won the shortform award. The Gothams had never before honored TV or video content.
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl” went into the ceremony with the most nominations, four. “Carol” was second with three, but it went home empty-handed, except for a career-achievement honor for its director, Todd Haynes.
“Spotlight” won in the two categories in which it was nominated, along with taking the special jury award.
The Gotham Awards, which are chosen by small juries, are not typically a reliable indicator of what other awards bodies will choose, although last year’s winner, “Birdman,” went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture. That was only the second time the two ceremonies had honored the same film, the first being “The Hurt Locker” in 2009.
The awards, which are produced by the Independent Feature Project, took place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, with special awards going to actors Helen Mirren and Robert Redford, director Haynes and producer Steve Golin.
Winners indicated by *WINNER.
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
“Heaven Knows What”
“Approaching the Elephant”
“Heart of a Dog”
“Listen to Me Marlon”
“The Look of Silence” *WINNER
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Desiree Akhavan for “Appropriate Behavior”
Jonas Carpigano for “Mediterranea” *WINNER
Marielle Heller for “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
John Magary for “The Mend”
Josh Mond for “James White”
“Carol,” Phyllis Nagy
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” Marielle Heller
“Love & Mercy,” Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner
“Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer *WINNER
“While We’re Young,” Noah Baumbach
Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
Blythe Danner in “I’ll See You in My Dreams”
Brie Larson in “Room”
Bel Powley in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” *WINNER
Lily Tomlin in “Grandma”
Kristen Wiig in “Welcome to Me”
Rory Culkin in “Gabriel”
Arielle Holmes in “Heaven Knows What”
Lola Kirke in “Mistress America”
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in “Tangerine”
Mya Taylor in “Tangerine” *WINNER
Breakthrough Series — Long Form
“Jane the Virgin”
“Mr. Robot” *WINNER
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Breakthrough Series — Short Form
“Bee and Puppy Cat”
“Shugs and Fats” *WINNER
“You’re So Talented”