Gotham Awards Nominations: ‘Manchester By The Sea’, ‘Moonlight’ Lead Way

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UPDATE with full list: Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight were in the spotlight as the IFP Gotham awards revealed nomination for its 26th annual awards this morning. The group’s award noms usually marking the unofficial official start of the film awards season.

Manchester, which bows November 18 via Amazon and Roadside Attractions after a fest run that began at Sundance, landed a Best Feature nom along with Best Actor for star Casey Affleck, Best Screenplay for Lonergan and Breakthrough Actor for Lucas Hedges.

Moonlight, which follows the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood in Miami, also snagged a Best Feature nom, as well as a Special Jury Award for the cast. Jenkins’ script also was nominated. Its release starts Friday via A24.

Also on the marquee Best Feature list: Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson starring Adam Driver.

Focus Features

The mostly indie affair is particularly strong in the acting categories this year. On the Actress side: Kate Beckinsale for Love & Friendship (director Whit Stillman also landed a Screenplay nom for the period comedy of manners), Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Isabelle Huppert for Elle, Ruth Negga for Loving and Natalie Portman for playing Jackie Kennedy in Jackie.

Actor noms include Affleck, Driver, Hell Or High Water‘s Jeff Bridges, Negga’s Loving co-star Joel Edgerton and Morris From America‘s Craig Robinson.

Ten categories were unveiled today, with winners to be bestowed November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street, where Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke and Oliver Stone will receive 2016 Gotham tributes and producer Arnon Milchan will receive the group’s industry tribute.

Check out the full list of noms below:


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)

Barry Jenkins, director; Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, producers (A24)

Jim Jarmusch, director; Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan, producers (Amazon Studios)


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)


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)


Cast Of Moonlight


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)

Keith Maitland, director; Keith Maitland, Megan Gilbride, Susan Thomson, producers (Kino Lorber, Independent Lens)

Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, directors and producers (Sundance Selects and Showtime Documentary Films)


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)


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)


Hell or High Water
Taylor Sheridan (CBS Films)

Love & Friendship
Whit Stillman (Amazon Studios)

Manchester by the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan (Amazon Studios)

Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Screenplay by Barry Jenkins (A24)

Jim Jarmusch (Amazon Studios)


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 (

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,mexecutive 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 (

The Movement
Darnell Moore, Host (

Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People
Dylan Marron, creator (Seriously.TV)

Reagan Gomez, creator (YouTube)

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