Moonlight wins best feature, screenplay, ensemble at Gotham Awards

The Gotham Independent Film Awards showered honours on Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama Moonlight and kicked off the movie industry’s awards season with a drumbeat of speeches that rejected the politics of Donald Trump.

A celebrated film about a boy growing up black, poor and gay, Moonlight virtually swept the night, taking best feature, best screenplay, a special jury award for best ensemble and the audience award. The Gothams, as they’re known, honour independent film.

Hosted by Keegan-Michael Key in downtown Manhattan, the ceremony never strayed far from the president-elect who resides about 70 blocks to the north. In his opening monologue Key urged: Our voices need to be heard now more than ever.

Other top awards went to Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea and Isabelle Huppert for Elle.

Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert accepts her award onstage for Elle at the IFP’s 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani in New York City. (Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for IFP)

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