The Gotham Awards nominees were announced this morning. The Gotham’s don’t necessarily translate to Oscars, but they do give us an idea of the movies that are gaining momentum going into awards season. Before today, we knew that SPOTLIGHT and CAROL could be contenders, but nothing to back it up. Today both films begin their trek to Oscar night.

The Gotham Awards ceremony will be November 30th at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan.

Best Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Heaven Knows What

Best Documentary
Approaching the Elephant
Cartel Land
Heart of a Dog
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior
Jonas Carpigano for Mediterranea
Marielle Heller for The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary for The Mend
Josh Mond for James White

Best Screenplay
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Love & Mercy
While We’re Young

Best Actor
Christopher Abbott in James White
Kevin Corrigan in Results
Paul Dano in Love & Mercy
Peter Sarsgaard in Experimenter
Michael Shannon in 99 Homes

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett in Carol
Blythe Danner in I’ll See You in My Dreams
Brie Larson in Room
Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Lily Tomlin in Grandma
Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me

Breakthrough Actor
Rory Culkin in Gabriel
Arielle Holmes in Heaven Knows What
Lola Kirke in Mistress America
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in Tangerine
Mya Taylor in Tangerine


While the New York Film Critics pushed Boyhood further into the Oscar race, The Gotham Independent Film Awards pushed Birdman along.

Best Feature – Birdman  – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director

Best Actress – Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Best Actor* – Michael Keaton in Birdman

Best Documentary – CITIZENFOUR – Laura Poitras, director

Breakthrough Actor – Tessa Thompson in Dear White People

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award – Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Audience Award – Boyhood

The 2014 Best Actor nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for their ensemble performance in Foxcatcher