Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

'Manchester By The Sea' Leads the Way With 4 Nominations at 2016 Gotham Awards

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Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester By The Sea leads the way in this year's Gotham Awards — the indie award show, and first major awards of the season — which is run by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFC).

Manchester By The Sea was nominated for a total of four awards including Best Feature, Best Screenplay (written by Lonergan), Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Breakthrough (Lucas Hedges). Manchester By The Sea is expected to score very well across all major awards this year, and Gotham is a great start for the hit movie. Toronto favorite Moonlight scored well by landing nods for Best Feature, Screenplay and a special acting award for the film’s cast. The Gotham's are particularly hot in the Best Actress category, with many expecting the names nominated here to be strongly fighting it out for an Oscar.

The Gotham Awards are a great indicator of how indie films may fare in February's Oscars. In the past, The Hurt Locker and Birdman performed well at the Gotham Awards and both went on to Best Picture success at the Academy Awards.

Below is a full list of nominees:

BEST FEATURE

Certain Women
Everybody Wants Some!!
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Paterson

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Cameraperson
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
Tower
Weiner

BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR AWARD

Robert Eggers (The Witch)
Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits)
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (Swiss Army Man)
Trey Edward Shults (Krisha)
Richard Tanne (Southside With You)

SPECIAL GOTHAM JURY AWARD

Cast of Moonlight

BEST SCREENPLAY

Hell or High Water
Love & Friendship
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Paterson

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Adam Driver (Paterson)
Joel Edgerton (Loving)
Craig Robinson (Morris from America)

BEST ACTRESS

Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship)
Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR

Lily Gladstone (Certain Women)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Royalty Hightower (The Fits)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

BREAKTHROUGH SERIES - LONG FORM

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The Girlfriend Experience
Horace and Pete
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Master of None

BREAKTHROUGH SERIES - SHORT FORM

The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo
Her Story
The Movement
Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People
Surviving

The 2016 Gotham Awards take place on November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan.

Cultjer's Awards and Festival Editor