Well, here we go. The awards season is upon us; no avoiding it now whether we want to or not. We here in DC have our WAFCA Awards this weekend, and other guilds and critics groups are starting to roll out their nominees and winners with regularity. With each new announcement some will be calculating how this impacts the Academy Awards. The truth is that they probably won't, but the fun is in the speculation. And so let the speculation begin because the Gotham Awards have made some interesting choices for the year's best indie movies and performances.
Taking the top prize for Best Feature was Tom McCarthy's journalism drama, Spotlight, which also won for Best Screenplay. The film is more an ensemble so despite a star-studded cast it didn't get any acting nominations, but this is still a strong start for what is expected to be a very successful run of victories.
The biggest surprise goes to Bel Powley winning Best Actress for the coming-of-age drama, The Diary of a Teenage Girl. While her performance has been praised since the film debuted at Sundance (including by yours truly), nobody expected her to defeat the combined might of Cate Blanchett in Carol and Brie Larson in Room. Could this be a sign of things to come? Also, Paul Dano won for his amazing performance as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy.
Full list of winners is below: