Natalie Portman shows off her bump at the star-studded Gotham Independent Film Awards

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Mum-to-be Natalie Portman shone as she took to the stage at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The awards, which honour independent film, signal the beginning of Hollywood's long awards season.

Benjamin Millepied, left, and Natalie Portman. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Benjamin Millepied, left, and Natalie Portman. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Apart from Natalie's burgeoning bump, it was Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age drama Moonlight that also shone at the event as it scooped a host of awards on the night including best feature, best screenplay, a special jury award for best ensemble and the audience award.

Natalie, 35, is pregnant with her second baby.

Natalie on stage (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Natalie is pregnant with her second child (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Other top awards went to Casey Affleck, who won best actor for his performance in Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, and Isabelle Huppert, whose turn in Paul Verhoeven's Elle took best actress award over favourites such as Natalie (for Jackie) and Annette Bening (20th Century Women).

Actor Casey Affleck accepts the Best Actor award at the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Casey Affleck was named best actor (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The French actress, visibly shocked, said she had been told the Gothams were very American in outlook, and so her chances were slim.

Actress Isabelle Huppert speaks after receiving the Best Actress award at the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Isabelle Huppert was surprised to be named best actress (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

"I feel so American tonight," Isabelle said. "I feel good. I feel really good."

A number of expected Oscar contenders were not nominated by the Gothams, which select their indie-centric nominees from a small panels of industry figures and critics.

Katie Holmes attends the 26th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Katie Holmes also attended (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Absent were late-arriving studio releases like Denzel Washington's Fences and, most conspicuous of all, Damien Chazelle's Los Angeles musical La La Land.

Margot Robbie attends the 26th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Margot Robbie (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

That $30 million (around £24 million) production (perhaps a bit too pricey for indie qualification), is seen by many as the best picture front-runner.