Moonlight is continuing its strong march in the Oscar race. It scored the most nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards and now, it swept the Gotham Independent Film Awards, winning Best Feature, Screenplay, the Audience Award, and the Jury Prize Award for Best Ensemble.
Distributor A24 Films not only managed to pick up a Moonlight sweep but also a win for Anya Taylor-Joy for Best Breakthrough Actor for The Witch along with the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director for Trey Edward Shults for Krisha.
Other notable wins include Casey Affleck for Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea and interestingly Isabelle Huppert for Best Actress for Elle. If you combine her win here along with her Independent Spirit Award nomination, her campaigning, and her likely critics wins, Huppert has become a force to be reckoned with in the Best Actress category and is on the verge of receiving her first ever nomination.
Lastly, the ESPN documentary O.J.: Made In America managed to win Best Documentary and could challenge Oscar frontrunner 13th if it doesn't fall victim to "TV movie" bias.
In closing, I think Moonlight has proven itself a force to be reckoned with this awards season. It not only is scoring in awards groups devoted to independent film but it has strong critical raves and is an arthouse hit, already having made about $8m. If it appears on the slate of nominees for the SAG Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, its box office numbers could start to grow.
What do you guys think? How do you feel the Gotham Awards affect the awards race and what do you think of the slate of winners? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!