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‘Moonlight’ sweeps Gotham Independent Film Awards

The film about a boy growing up black, poor and gay took four awards

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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.