Tuesday, June 25, 2024

“Spotlight” Wins Gotham Awards, Begins its Long Road to the Oscars


“Spotlight” directed by Tom McCarthy won the Gotham Awards tonight. Thus the saga of Boston Globe reporters who shook the Catholic Church to its foundations began its deserved run to the Oscars. McCarthy won Best Screenplay as well with co-writer Josh Singer, and the movie was awarded a special citation for its ensemble work. “Spotlight” is a slam dunk for SAG Best Ensemble in January, too.

It was a star studded night, with Robert Redford and Helen Mirren each getting lifetime achievement awards. Dan Rather presented to Redford, and Tom Brokaw (with wife Meredith) was at the main table, along with Glenn Close and Robert DeNiro, and Mirren’s husband, director Taylor Hackford.

There were tons of stars in the room including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgard, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and the whole “Spotlight” crew, Richard Kind, Rosie Perez, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Mariska Hargitay, plus Best Actress winner Bel Powley (from The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Best Actor Paul Dano (Love and Mercy).

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For Best Feature, presented by John Turturro

Directed by Tom McCarthy
Produced by Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagan Faust
Released by Open Road Films

The Best Feature jury included Paul Haggis, Rebecca Hall, Jon Kilik, Lee Percy, and Jim Taylor.

For Best Documentary, presented by Cynthia Nixon

The Look of Silence
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen
Released by Drafthouse Films

The Best Documentary Jury included Zachary Heinzerling, Jennie Livingston, Peter Nicks, Dawn Porter, and Tracy Droz Tragos.

For the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award, presented by Rosie Perez

Directed by Sean Baker
Produced by Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou, Marcus Cox & Karrie Cox
Released by Magnolia Pictures

The Audience Award was voted for on-line by IFP members.

For Best Actor, presented by Glenn Close

Paul Dano in Love & Mercy
Released by Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment

The Best Actor Jury included Grant Heslov, Sabine Hoffman, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Mezey, and Shonda Rhimes.

For Best Actress, presented by Harvey Keitel
(presenting sponsor euphoria Calvin Klein)

Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Released by Sony Pictures Classics

The Best Actress Jury included Debra Granik, Lisa Kudrow, Daniel Minahan, Brian Oliver, and John Waters.

For Best Screenplay, presented by Matt Dillon

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for Spotlight
Released by Open Road Films

The Best Screenplay Jury included Albert Berger, Andrew Fierberg, Courtney Hunt, David Schwab and Corey Stoll.

For Breakthrough Actor, presented by Sarah Paulson and Michael Shannon

Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Released by Magnolia Pictures

The Breakthrough Actor Jury included Effie Brown, Mike Cahill, Fisher Stevens, Dylan Tichenor, and Tanya Wexler.

For Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, presented by Julie Taymor

Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea
Released by Sundance Selects

The Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Jury included Paul Bettany, Ed Lachman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Julie Taymor.

For Breakthrough Series – Long Form, presented by Mariska Hargitay

Mr. Robot
Sam Esmail, Creator
USA Networks

The Breakthrough Series – Long Form Jury included Tom Gilroy, Scott Hornbacher, Lars Knudsen, Alia Shawkat, and Lili Taylor.

For Breakthrough Series – Short Form, presented by Topher Grace

Shugs & Fats
Nadia P. Manzoor and Radhika Vaz, Creators

The Breakthrough Series-Short Form Jury included Michelle Ashford, Mesh Flinders, Ryan O’Nan, Susan Stover and Derek Waters

Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance, presented by Emmy Rossum

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup, and Stanley Tucci
Released by Open Road Films

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