Well guys, here we go! First awards of the season are up! The Gothams were held tonight, and let's be clear first off that the only real impact these particular awards have on the Oscar race is to give a boost in visibility to certain contenders going forward. That's really the impact of all the critics awards coming up. So on those terms, I would say Moonlight and probably Elle got the biggest boosts of the evening. Moonlight is kind of turning into the indie of the year as far as critics go, so that was expected, but given the subject matter, it still needs to be really championed by critics to earn a place in the Oscar race. And the same goes for Paul Verhoeven's Elle, which is gunning for a Best Actress nomination for overdue French legend Isabelle Huppert, who won the prize tonight and looks pretty good for a dark horse nomination at the moment. She's gonna really need that critical support as well, because her film is so controversial and a black comedy about a rape survivor is hardly the kind of thing to gain traction with the Academy. But her veteran status and support from critics should give her the push she needs to get the right kind of attention.
Breakthrough Actor: Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch
Best Screenplay: Moonlight
Audience Award: Moonlight
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Documentary: OJ: Made in America
Best Feature: Moonlight