Gotham Awards 2016 Winners Announced: Moonlight Is Best Feature

by | November 28, 2016 | Comments

The IFP Gotham Awards took place tonight at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, celebrating the biggest accomplishments of the independent filmmaking community in 2016. The ceremony was broadcast live on Facebook.

Moonlight was the big winner of the night, taking home both awards it had previously been nominated for, plus the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance, for a total of four trophies. Manchester by the Sea, who had the most nominations, took the award for Best Actor (Casey Affleck). In addition to revealing the winners for each of its traditional competitive categories, actors Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, producer Arnon Milchan, and director Oliver Stone were also honored with Award Tributes. Read through for the full list of winners.

Best Feature

Best Documentary

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Robert Eggers

The Witch

Anna Rose Holmer

The Fits

Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

Swiss Army Man

Trey Edward Shults


Richard Tanne

Southside With You

Best Screenplay

Taylor Sheridan

Hell or High Water

Whit Stillman

Love & Friendship

Kenneth Lonergan

Manchester by the Sea

Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; Screenplay by Barry Jenkins


Jim Jarmusch


Best Actor

Casey Affleck

Manchester by the Sea

Jeff Bridges

Hell or High Water

Adam Driver


Morris from America

Best Actress

Breakthrough Actor

Lily Gladstone

Certain Women

Lucas Hedges

Manchester by the Sea

The Fits

Sasha Lane

American Honey

Breakthrough Series – Long Form

Breakthrough Series – Short Form

Spotlight on Women Directors ‘Live the Dream’ Grant

  • Shaz Bennett, Alaska is a Drag
  • Katie Orr, Poor Jane
  • Roxy Toporowych, Julia Blue

Gotham Independent Film Audience Award

Special Jury Award – Ensemble Performance

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