What’s with the Gotham Independent Film Award guys nominating Marielle Heller’s The Diary Of A Teenage Girl for four awards — Best Feature, Screenplay, actress and breakthrough director? It’s really not good enough for this level of attention. And I haven’t even heard of Josh and Benny Safdie‘s Heaven Knows What, which was also Best Feature-nominated. And yet the Gothams didn’t nominate Love & Mercy except in the case of Paul Dano for Best Actor and Oren Moverman‘s screenplay? Not cool. At least I can applaud their decision to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Spotlight‘s Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work. Among the Best Documentary nominees I’ve only seen Stevan Riley‘s Listen to Me Marlon so no comment. As I regarded Josh Mond‘s James White as underwhelming and certainly nothing to shout about, nominating Mond for a Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award feels curious. Among the Gothams’ Breakthrough Actor nominees my far-and-away favorite is Mistress America‘s Lola Kirke, but I’m presuming they’ll give it to Tangerine‘s Kitana Kiki Rodriguez or Mya Taylor. (Right?) I’m torn on the Best Screenplay award but my heart slightly favors Carol, penned by Phyllis Nagy.