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Best Feature
Spotlight

Best Director
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Screenplay
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight

Best First Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best First Screenplay
Emma Donoghue, Room

Best Male Lead
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Best Female Lead
Brie Larson, Room

Best Supporting Male
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Best Supporting Female
Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Best Documentary
The Look of Silence

Best International Film
Son of Saul

Best Cinematography
Carol

Best Editing
Spotlight

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)
Krisha

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)
Spotlight

Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award
Felix Thompson

Piaget Producers Award 
Mel Eslyn

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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
Carol
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Heaven Knows What
Spotlight
Tangerine

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
Carol
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Love & Mercy
Spotlight
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

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SPOTLIGHT is about The Pulitzer prize-winning Boston Globe team who uncovered a massive child molestation cover-up within the local Catholic archdiocese. Stars Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams.

After SPOTLIGHT premiered at Telluride it immediately shot up to the top of the prediction list at Gold Derby to win Best Picture.

CaptureAll 19 out of the “Oscar Experts” are predicting at least a nomination with 9 predicting the win. Steve Jobs is a far 2nd with 2 experts predicting it to win. Last year at this time BOYHOOD was predicted to win with BIRDMAN a very close 2nd. Throughout the season we saw it go back and forth numerous times, finally landing on BIRDMAN. The chart above will change dramatically as more of the movie are the list are seen. The experts are still waiting for THE REVENANT, JOY, THE HATEFUL EIGHT and BRIDGE OF SPIES. Any one of these could take the top spot.

The films not on the chart, but still n play are:
THE MARTIAN
YOUTH
TRUTH
BROOKLYN
CONCUSSION
BEASTS OF NO NATION
MAD MAX:FURY ROAD
SUFFRAGETTE
SICARIO
TRUMBO
CREED
STAR WARS:THE FORCE AWAKENS
THE HEART OF THE SEA
THE BIG SHORT