Gotham Awards is to Independent films what Golden Globes are to big-budget Hollywood flicks. Gotham Awards 2015 was held on Monday, 30 November, in New York City, which is considered to be the home of independent films.
The night was especially special for Indian fans of comedy as "Shugs and Fats", the Youtube comedy series created by Indian-origin comedians Radhi Vaz and Nadia Manzoor, won in the "Breakthrough Series – Short Form" category. The series centres on a Brooklyne-based Hijabi women, who strives to adapt the Western lifestyle.
"Shugs and Fats" is a funny, loud-mouthed and endearing commentary on social conformity. It is returning with Season 3 on 11 January, 2016, but ahead of that, watch out for the launch of Vaz's new book "Unladylike: A Memoir" in December.
Here is the complete list of winners of Gotham Awards 2015:
Best Feature: "Spotlight"
Best Documentary: "The Look of Silence"
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award: Jonas Carpigano for "Mediterranea"
Best Screenplay: "Spotlight"
Best Actor: Paul Dano in "Love & Mercy"
Best Actress: Bel Powley in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
Breakthrough Actor: Mya Taylor in "Tangerine"
Breakthrough Series (Long-form): "Mr. Robot," Sam Esmail
Breakthrough Series (Short-form): "Shugs and Fats", Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz
The 2015 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D'Arcy James for their ensemble work in "Spotlight".