Gotham Awards 2015

November 30, 2015
Host Gotham Awards 2015
Cipriani Wall Street
Time Network

The Gotham Awards are an American film awards started in the year 1991 by Independent Feature Project (IFP) in New York City. It is the largest membership organization founded in 1979 in the United States. The organization of Gotham Awards is dedicated to provide early recognition and honors worthy independent films that made primarily in the Northeastern region of the United States.

The celebrations of the Gotham Awards include recognizing the authentic voices that work not only behind the camera but also in front of the camera. Besides, it also honors the best independent films, best emerging, best iconic filmmakers and actors of today’s entertainment world.


The most important criteria for nominating any American feature film includes the works that are independently produced or directed by US based or US born film makers made with a point of view. Every year the nominations are chosen by a jury of 25 innovators including groups of distinguished film critics, journalists, festival programmers, film curators and icons. Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors and others directly involved in making films will determine the final Gotham Award recipients. For the Audience award which is given for the third consecutive year the winner is chosen across the globe through the results of voting.


The award categories have expanded to seven categories. Gotham Awards recognize and honor the individuals who have made significant contributions to independent filmmaking. The expanded categories have included filmmakers beyond New York, and moved the awards ceremony to “awards season”. The six categories of Gotham Awards are Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Actor, Breakthrough Director and Best Ensemble Performance.

Gotham Awards 2015 Nominees & Winners

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

  • Desiree Akhavan - Appropriate Behavior
  • Jonas Carpigano - Mediterranea
  • Marielle Heller - The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • John Magary - The Mend
  • Josh Mond - James White

Best Screenplay

  • Phyllis Nagy - Carol
  • Marielle Heller - The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Oren Moverman & Michael Alan Lerner - Love & Mercy
  • Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer - Spotlight
  • Noah Baumbach - While We're Young

Best Actor

  • Christopher Abbott as James White in James White
  • Kevin Corrigan as Danny Flynn in Results
  • Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy
  • Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram in Experimenter
  • Michael Shannon as Rick Carver in 99 Homes

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird in Carol
  • Blythe Danner as Carol Petersen in I'll See You In My Dreams
  • Brie Larson as Joy "Ma" Newsome in Room
  • Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze in The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in Grandma
  • Kristen Wiig as Alice Klieg in Welcome to Me

Breakthrough Actor

  • Rory Culkin as Gabriel in Gabriel
  • Arielle Holmes as Harley in Heaven Knows What
  • Lola Kirke as Tracy Fishko in Mistress America
  • Kitana Kiki Rodriguez as Sin-Dee Rella in Tangerine
  • Mya Taylor as Alexandra in Tangerine