‘Manchester By the Sea’ Leads 2016 Gotham Awards Nominations

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Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea” set sail on what looks to be a promising awards season today when the 2016 Gotham Award nominations were announced. Presented annually by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the largest independent film membership organization in the country, the Gotham Awards have been honoring the best indie artists since 1991.

Stars Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges were recognized for best actor and best breakthrough, respectively, while the touching New England drama also earned nominations for best feature and best screenplay.

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“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, scored nominations for both best feature and best screenplay, in addition to a special recognition for its cast. The Gotham Award Jury voted to award the entire ensemble, including Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, and Ashton Sanders.

Adam Driver and writer-director Jim Jarmusch earned nods for “Paterson,” which stars the actor as a bus driver and poet, in the screenplay, actor, and feature categories. Other best feature contenders include Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women” and Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” Both Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga were recognized for their performances in “Loving,” along with awards season heavyweights Natalie Portman for “Jackie,” Annette Bening for “20th Century Women,” and Jeff Bridges for “Hell or High Water.”

Among the nominees for television were both long form and short form breakthrough series, including Rachel Bloom’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Melissa Rosenberg’s “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” and Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None.”

This year’s Gothams will be awarded at a Nov. 28 ceremony in downtown New York City. See below for the full list of nominations.

“Certain Women” – Kelly Reichardt, director; Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, producers (IFC Films)
“Everybody Wants Some!!” – Richard Linklater, director; Megan Ellison, Ginger Sledge, Richard Linklater, producers (Paramount Pictures)
“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan, director; Kimberly Steward, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin J. Walsh, producers (Amazon Studios)
“Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins, director; Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, producers (A24)
“Paterson” – Jim Jarmusch, director; Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan, producers (Amazon Studios)

Kate Beckinsale, “Love & Friendship” (Amazon Studios)
Annette Bening, “20th Century Women” (A24)
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Ruth Negga, “Loving” (Focus Features)
Natalie Portman, “Jackie” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios)
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water” (CBS Films)
Adam Driver, “Paterson” (Amazon Studios)
Joel Edgerton, “Loving” (Focus Features)
Craig Robinson, “Morris from America” (A24)

Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women” (IFC Films)
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios)
Royalty Hightower, “The Fits” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Sasha Lane, “American Honey” (A24)
Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Witch” (A24)

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* The 2016 Best Actor/Best Actress and Breakthrough Actor nominating panels also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance to Moonlight, “in which actors at all levels of experience give outstanding performances that speak eloquently to one another both within and across each chapter of the story.” The awards will go to actors Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, and Ashton Sanders.

Robert Eggers, “The Witch” (A24)
Anna Rose Holmer, “The Fits” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, “Swiss Army Man” (A24)
Trey Edward Shults, “Krisha” (A24)
Richard Tanne, “Southside with You” (Roadside Attractions and Miramax)

“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan (CBS Films)
“Love & Friendship,” Whit Stillman (Amazon Studios)
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan (Amazon Studios)
“Moonlight,” Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Screenplay by Barry Jenkins (A24)
“Paterson,” Jim Jarmusch (Amazon Studios)

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“Cameraperson” – Kirsten Johnson, director; Marilyn Ness, producer (Janus Films)
“I Am Not Your Negro” – Raoul Peck, director; Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck, producers (Magnolia Pictures)
“O.J.: Made in America” – Ezra Edelman, director; Caroline Waterlow, Ezra Edelman, Tamara Rosenberg, Nina Krstic, Deirdre Fenton, Erin Leyden, producers (ESPN Films)
“Tower” – Keith Maitland, director; Keith Maitland, Megan Gilbride, Susan Thomson, producers (Kino Lorber, Independent Lens)
“Weiner” – Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, directors and producers (Sundance Selects and Showtime Documentary Films)

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna, creators; Marc Webb, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, Erin Ehrlich, executive producers (The CW)
“The Girlfriend Experience,” Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, creators; Steven Soderbergh, Philip Fleischman, Amy Seimetz, Lodge Kerrigan, Jeff Cuban, Gary Marcus, executive producers (Starz)
“Horace and Pete,” Louis C.K., creator; M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Vernon Chatman, Dino Stamatopoulos, executive producers (louisck.net)
“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” Melissa Rosenberg, creator; Melissa Rosenberg, Liz Friedman, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Jim Chory, Jeph Loeb, Howard Klein, executive producers (Netflix)
“Master of None,” Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, creators; Michael Schur, David Miner, Dave Becky, executive producers (Netflix)

“The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo,” Brian Jordan Alvarez, creator (YouTube)
“Her Story,” Jen Richards and Laura Zak, creators (herstoryshow.com)
“The Movement,” Darnell Moore, Host (Mic.com)
“Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People,” Dylan Marron, creator (Seriously.TV)
“Surviving,” Reagan Gomez, creator (YouTube)

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