Awards season has officially kicked off, people. Last year was the first year anyone really paid attention to the Gothams, or as I like to call them, the mini-Indie Spirit awards, and that was because they were first to anoint Birdman, which then went on to win the guild awards and the Oscar. Who knows if they will be just as foreshadowing this year, but they did go big for Spotlight in Best Feature, Screenplay and Ensemble, and many are predicting it to be the critics favorite this year. The critics awards kick off tomorrow with the National Board of Review, and then the New York Film Critics Circle on Wednesday. Stay tuned.
GOTHAM AWARD WINNERS
- Best Feature: Spotlight
- Breakthrough Actor: Mya Taylor, Tangerine
- Best Documentary: The Look of Silence
- Breakthrough Director: Joan Carpignano, Mediterranea
- Best Actress: Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
- Best Actor: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
- Best Screenplay: Spotlight
- Breakthrough Series, Longform: Mr. Robot
- Audience Award: Tangerine
- Ensemble Performance: Spotlight
The Gothams also made some cool choices with Paul Dano and Bel Powley in Actor and Actress, two people who are unlikely to receive such recognition elsewhere, although Dano has a shot in supporting at the Oscars. I also like the nods for the transgender, iPhone filmed true indie Tangerine, and The Look of Silence, the sequel film to The Act of Killing, looks poised to hit big in the documentary race.