Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl earned four nominations at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards, earning the most out of 25 nominated films.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards, which honor the year’s best in independent filmmaking, are often a fairly accurate barometer of how a film will do during awards season. Last year’s winners for Best Feature (Birdman), Best Actress (Julianne Moore), and Best Documentary (Citizenfour) went on to win their categories at the Academy Awards.
Diary of a Teenage Girl earned a nod for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Breakthrough Director. Carol, Heaven Knows What, Spotlight, and Tangerine were also nominated for Best Feature.
Spotlight also earned a Special Jury Award for Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work, and the committee for the Best Actor and Best Actress categories praised the cast as “an outstanding ensemble in which every performance, in every role, of every size, is beautifully realized.”
The committee also nominated six contenders for Best Actress instead of the usual five, citing “strong work by female actors this year.”
“We congratulate this year’s nominated independent storytellers, who represent a richly diverse range of cinematic achievements that are bold, risk-taking, and beautifully crafted,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center.
The Gotham Awards will be held Nov. 30 in New York. See the full list of nominees below.
Todd Haynes, director; Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley, producers (The Weinstein Company)
Marielle Heller, director; Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit, Miranda Bailey, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)
Josh and Benny Safdie, directors; Oscar Boyson, Sebastian Bear-McClard, producers (RADiUS)
Tom McCarthy, director; Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagan Faust, producers (Open Road Films)
Sean Baker, director; Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou, Marcus Cox & Karrie Cox, producers (Magnolia Pictures)
Amanda Rose Wilder, director; Jay Craven, Robert Greene, Amanda Rose Wilder, producers (Kingdom County Productions)
Matthew Heineman, director; Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin, producers (The Orchard and A&E IndieFilms)
Laurie Anderson, director; Dan Janvey, Laurie Anderson, producers (Abramorama and HBO Documentary Films)
Stevan Riley, director; John Battsek, RJ Cutler, George Chignell, producers (Showtime Documentary Films)
Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge Sørensen, producer (Drafthouse Films)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award