Moonlight, a movie based on an unproduced play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, was named Best Film in the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, given November 28 in New York.
The awards, which recognize work by the city's independent filmmakers, went to several artists and projects with stage connections.
McCraney, a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble, is the author of Head of Passes (produced at the Public Theater Off-Broadway), Wig-Out (produced at the Vineyard Theatre), and the unproduced In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, which served as the inspiration for Moonlight. The film tells the story of a young man coming of age in Miami during the drug wars of the 1980s.
Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight won four Gotham Awards, including Best Screenplay, putting it in play for the 2017 Oscars.
Here is the official trailer for Moonlight:
Among other theatre-related winners:
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna's series in which the repressed characters often burst into Broadway-style songs, was named Best Breakthrough Series—Long Form.
Casey Affleck, who has acted Off-Broadway in plays including Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, was named Best Actor for his performance in Manchester by the Sea.
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