‘Teenage Girl,’ ‘Carol’ and ‘Tangerine’ top 2015 Gotham Award nods

Snubs abound as littel films get some love
'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

The 2015 Gotham Awards nominees were revealed this morning and, as always, they are a nice tease at the films and performances that might get some love from New York metro critics groups in December.

The committee determined nominations threw a ton of love at Todd Haynes’ “Carol” and, most happily, at Sundance breakout Sean Baker’s “Tangerine.”  Each earned three nominations including Best Feature.  The real winner was Marielle Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” which took four nods including Best Feature, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.

Oscar frontrunner “Spotlight” also earned nominations where it could in Best Feature and Screenplay.  As the Gotham’s don’t hand out any supporting actor honors, this year the acting committee awarded a special jury prize to the film’s cast.  So, technically, “Spotlight” received the same category recognition that “Carol” did.  Just something to pay attention to before year end critics’ groups announce their Best Picture winners.

Beyond the deserved nods for “Tangerine” some other happy surprises included Blythe Danner, Lily Tomlin and Kristen Wiig earning Best Actress nominations for “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” “Grandma” and “Welcome to Me,” respectively. “99 Holmes” also was recognized with Michael Shannon earning a Best Actor nomination.

As for snubs, sadly “Room” only earned a Best Actress nomination for Brie Larson, “Love & Mercy” was shut out of Best Feature (it earned a screenplay nod), “Anomalisa” should have earned a screenplay nod (it didn’t) and Sundance Grand Prize and Audience Award winner “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” was forgotten.  Other major Oscar players such as “Steve Jobs,” “Brooklyn,” “Youth” and “The Danish Girl” did not qualify due to budget and/or international financing.

The 2016 IFP Gotham Awards will be handed out Nov. 30 in New York.  A complete list of this year’s nominees are as follows.

Best Feature


Todd Haynes, director; Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley, producers (The Weinstein Company)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Marielle Heller, director; Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit, Miranda Bailey, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Heaven Knows What

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)

Best Documentary

Approaching the Elephant

Amanda Rose Wilder, director; Jay Craven, Robert Greene, Amanda Rose Wilder, producers (Kingdom County Productions)

Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman, director; Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin, producers (The Orchard and A&E IndieFilms

Heart of a Dog

Laurie Anderson, director; Dan Janvey, Laurie Anderson, producers (Abramorama and HBO Documentary Films)

Listen to Me Marlon

Stevan Riley, director; John Battsek, RJ Cutler, George Chignell, producers (Showtime Documentary Films)

The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge Sørensen, producer (Drafthouse Films)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures)

Jonas Carpigano for Mediterranea (Sundance Selects)

Marielle Heller for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics)

John Magary for The Mend (Cinelicious Pics)

Josh Mond for James White (The Film Arcade)

Best Screenplay

Carol, Phyllis Nagy (The Weinstein Company)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller (Sony Pictures Classics)

Love & Mercy, Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment)

Spotlight, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Open Road Films)

While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach (A24)

Best Actor

Christopher Abbott in James White (The Film Arcade)

Kevin Corrigan in Results (Magnolia Pictures)

Paul Dano in Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate, and River Road Entertainment)

Peter Sarsgaard in Experimenter (Magnolia Pictures)

Michael Shannon in 99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures)

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett in Carol (The Weinstein Company)

Blythe Danner in I’ll See You in My Dreams (Bleecker Street)

Brie Larson in Room (A24 Films)

Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics)

Lily Tomlin in Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics)

Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me (Alchemy)

Breakthrough Actor

Rory Culkin in Gabriel (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Arielle Holmes in Heaven Knows What (RADiUS)

Lola Kirke in Mistress America (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

Mya Taylor in Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

The 2015 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work in Spotlight. (Open Road Films).

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