Posted Dec 01 2015

Awards Season. First Shot Fired - Lands On Spotlight

Although by no means a major player, the Gotham Awards have got in there first and the big winner was….drumroll please…Spotlight. The paedo-pricking movie picked up top honours for Best Film, Best Screenplay and a special nod for its ensemble cast. Already, a serious player in the pre-Oscars conversation, this indicates it may well be a lock for Best Picture noms at the Oscars, BAFTAS, whatevers as the season plays out.

The acting awards were less obvious – given the indie flavour of this particular ceremony Best Actress went to Bel Powley for The Diary of a Teenage Girl, whilst Paul Dano picked up Best Actor for one half of Brian Wilson in the excellent Love & Mercy. Dano has been much trumpeted by the likes of Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeff Wells and this might be the boost the man needs (although he is more likely to be run in the already presumed to be overcrowded Supporting category.)

Here’s the full list of winners -


Best Feature

Best Actress
Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze
The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Breakthrough Series – Longform
Mr. Robot

Best Actor
Paul Dano as Brian Wilson
Love & Mercy

Best Documentary
The Look of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

Audience Award

The First Gotham Appreciation Award
Ellen Cotter of Angelika Film Center Theaters

Special Jury Award – Ensemble Performance
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director
Jonas Carpigano

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
Shugs & Fats

Best Screenplay
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer

Breakthrough Actor
Mya Taylor


Meanwhile, over at the Annie Awards for animation – Inside Out leads their list of just announced nominations with a whopping 14, including Best Picture, which it vies for against Anomalisa, The Peanuts Movie, Shaun the Sheep Moie and another Pixar, The Good Dinosaur. The latter was runner up in terms of numbers with nine noms. Next was the dreaded Minions with eight – but noticeably not one for Best Picture. Another unexpected omission was Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman’s lack of nomination for Anomalisa’s screenplay.

The Annie Awards take place on Feb 6th


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