Marielle Heller’s romantic drama The Diary Of A Teenage Girl gathered the most nominations from the 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Award this morning earning spots in best feature, screenplay, actress and breakthrough director categories. The Gothams are the first set of kudos to get awards season started ahead of any guild or critics group with a specific focus on independent films.

diary of a teenage girlDiary Of A Teenage Girl tells the tale of a teen artist in 1970s San Francisco who falls for her mother’s boyfriend. The film, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, stars Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard and Bel Powley, the latter who was recognized in the best actress slot. Since its August 7 release, the Teenage Girl had made $1.5M at the box office.

Open Road's Spotlight castAlso getting a big boost at the Gothams is Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight from Open Road, which earned a special jury nod for the cast’s ensemble work. In total, Spotlight earned three noms including feature and McCarthy and Josh Singer’s screenplay. The film follows the Boston Globe crackerjack reporter team who investigated the Boston Archdiocese child molestation scandal during the early aughts. Spotlight hits theaters on November 6.

carol 2Among those titles earning three nominations each are Weinstein Co.’s Cannes Film Festival standing ovation title Carolwhich landed best feature, screenplay for Phyllis Nagy and actresses for Cate Blanchett. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, Carol follows the romance between an older woman and a younger one in 1950s New York. TWC will be releasing Carol on November 20.

Tangerine posterSean Baker’s Tangerine also received three noms, for best feature and two breakthrough actor awards for Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor. The film follows a working girl’s search for the pimp who broke her heart on Christmas Eve. Magnolia Pictures released the film over the summer where it has made $701K at the B.O.

Last year, a number of Gotham Award nominees actually went on to win Oscars: Birdman landed best picture, CitizenFour won best feature documentary, and best actress nominees Julianne Moore for Still Alice and Patricia Arquette for Boyhood went on to win respective lead and supporting trophies. The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on November 30 at Cipriani Wall Street, along with previously announced Tributes to filmmaker Todd Haynes, actors Robert Redford and Helen Mirren, and producer Steve Golin.

Nominees are selected by committees of film critics, journalists, festival programmers, and film curators. Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors and others directly involved in making films will determine the final Gotham recipients.

This year the Gotham Awards will also be presenting two new awards for serialized television and web content. Those nominations will be announced next week.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

BEST FEATURE

Carol
Todd Haynes, director; Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley, producers (The Weinstein Company)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Marielle Heller, director; Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit, Miranda Bailey, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Heaven Knows What
Josh and Benny Safdie, directors; Oscar Boyson, Sebastian Bear-McClard, producers (RADiUS)

Spotlight
Tom McCarthy, director; Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagan Faust, producers (Open Road Films)

Tangerine
Sean Baker, director; Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou, Marcus Cox & Karrie Cox, producers (Magnolia Pictures)

BEST ACTOR*

Christopher Abbott in James White (The Film Arcade)

Kevin Corrigan in Results (Magnolia Pictures)

Paul Dano in Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment)

Peter Sarsgaard in Experimenter (Magnolia Pictures)

Michael Shannon in 99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures)

BEST ACTRESS*

Cate Blanchett in Carol (The Weinstein Company)

Blythe Danner in I’ll See You in My Dreams (Bleecker Street)

Brie Larson in Room (A24 Films)

Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics)

Lily Tomlin in Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics)

Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me (Alchemy)

* The 2015 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work in Spotlight. (Open Road Films).

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Approaching the Elephant
Amanda Rose Wilder, director; Jay Craven, Robert Greene, Amanda Rose Wilder, producers (Kingdom County Productions)

Cartel Land
Matthew Heineman, director; Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin, producers (The Orchard and A&E IndieFilms)

Heart of a Dog
Laurie Anderson, director; Dan Janvey, Laurie Anderson, producers (Abramorama and HBO Documentary Films)

Listen to Me Marlon
Stevan Riley, director; John Battsek, RJ Cutler, George Chignell, producers (Showtime Documentary Films)

The Look of Silence
Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge Sørensen, producer (Drafthouse Films)

BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR AWARD

Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures)

Jonas Carpigano for Mediterranea (Sundance Selects)

Marielle Heller for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics)

John Magary for The Mend (Cinelicious Pics)

Josh Mond for James White (The Film Arcade)

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR

Rory Culkin in Gabriel (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Arielle Holmes in Heaven Knows What (RADiUS)

Lola Kirke in Mistress America (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

Mya Taylor in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

BEST SCREENPLAY

Carol, Phyllis Nagy (The Weinstein Company)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller (Sony Pictures Classics)

Love & Mercy, Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment)

Spotlight, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Open Road Films)

While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach (A24)

SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN DIRECTORS ‘LIVE THE DREAM’ GRANT

Claire Carré, director, Embers

Deb Shoval, director, AWOL

Chanelle Aponte Pearson, director, 195 Lewis