The Oscar-tipped investigative journalism drama Spotlight was the big winner at the Gotham Awards in New York on Monday night, winning Best Film.

Spotlight also took the award for Best Screenplay (Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer), with its cast, which includes Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci and Mark Ruffalo, sharing the previously announced Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble.

The film tells the true story of US newspaper The Boston Globe's Spotlight team and their work in exposing the global cover-up of clerical sexual abuse by the Catholic Church. Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent), Spotlight will be released in Irish cinemas on January 29.
 

Spotlight

Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight

Also at the Gotham Awards, Paul Dano was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Beach Boy Brian Wilson in the biopic Love & Mercy, with Bel Powley winning Best Actress for her performance in The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Paul Dano in Love & Mercy

Paul Dano in Love & Mercy

Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The award for Best Documentary went to The Look of Silence.

Mya Taylor won the Breakthrough Actor award for Tangerine with Mediterranea director Jonas Carpigano winning the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award.