Spotlight Wins Big At The 2015 Gotham Independent Film Awards


Spotlight is slowly building its resume as the one to beat at next year’s Oscars. The investigative journalism drama just notched up several wins at the 2015 Gotham Independent Film Awards. If you haven’t seen this film, give it a view. It’s highly compelling with top-notch performances.

Tom McCarthy’s drama about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on sex abuse by Catholic priests scored Best Feature, Best Screenplay and an award for best ensemble. This is the second ensemble award for the star-studded cast which includes Rachel McAdams, Brian D’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci. The Independent Spirit Awards also recently bestowed them with their Robert Altman award for best ensemble.

Meanwhile, Bel Powley powered past several perceived Oscar frontrunners for Best Actress. The Diary of a Teenage Girl actress beat out Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Lily Tomlin (Grandma), Kristen Wiig (Welcome To Me) and Blythe Danner (I’ll See You In My Dreams).

Another win worth mentioning was for Tangerine. The comedy-drama shot entirely with three iPhone 5s lost out for Best Feature but snagged Best Breakthrough Actor for Mya Taylor. She beat out her co-star Kitana Kiki Rodriguez for the award. Check out all the winners below.

2015 Gotham Independent Film Awards Winners

Best Feature

Best Actress
Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Breakthrough Series – Longform
Mr. Robot

Best Actor
Paul Dano as Brian Wilson
Love & Mercy

Best Documentary
The Look of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

Audience Award

The First Gotham Appreciation Award
Ellen Cotter of Angelika Film Center Theaters

Special Jury Award – Ensemble Performance
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup, Spotlight

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director
Jonas Carpigano, Mediterranea

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
Shugs & Fats

Best Screenplay
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight

Breakthrough Actor
Mya Taylor, Tangerine