2017 Gotham Awards Nominations Announced

The Gotham Awards are the first out of the gate to announce their nominations. This is our first look at which films are going to be part of the movie awards conversation this year.

2012 was the last time that the Best Picture winner did not get either a Gotham nomination or win the Gotham award. 12 Years a Slave was nominated. Birdman, Spotlight, and Moonlight all won the Gotham and then won Best Picture.  The time before that was in 2009 when The Hurt Locker was nominated, won the Gotham and went on to win Best Picture.

This year Get Out received the most nominations with 4.  There has been a lot of speculation about the chances of Get Out being recognized during awards season. Movies released early in the year rarely do, but Get Out is that good.

Happy to see Call Me by Your Name and The Florida Project get recognized.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 27th.

Full List of movie nominations:

Best Feature
Call Me by Your Name
The Florida Project
Get Out
Good Time
I, Tonya

Best Documentary
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library
Rat Film
Strong Island
Whose Streets?
The Work

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Maggie Betts for Novitiate
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird
Kogonada for Columbus
Jordan Peele for Get Out
Joshua Z Weinstein for Menashe

Best Screenplay
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
Brad’s Status, Mike White
Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory
Columbus, Kogonada
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

Best Actor
Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project
James Franco in The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
Robert Pattinson in Good Time
Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories
Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky

Best Actress
Melanie Lynskey in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird
Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime

Breakthrough Actor
Mary J. Blige in Mudbound
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name
Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats
Kelvin Harrison, Jr. in It Comes at Night
Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project

* The 2017 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance to Mudbound, The award will go to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.
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The Florida Project Trailer

A24 continues to take the risks that other studios are afraid to do. Great reward comes with great risk. Last year they took home the Oscar for Moonlight.

The Florida Project is a film that tells the story of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), a precocious 6-year-old girl who lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a community of extended-stay motel guests in pastel-streaked Orlando. It’s a hard life seen through the eyes of youthful adventure, a tightrope walk, really. And in a world where no one can say with any confidence what an Oscar movie really is anymore, it certainly has a chance.

Academy Announces New President

From Panarmenia.net….Cinematographer John Bailey is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Associated Press reports.

The organization’s board of governors elected Bailey to a one-year term late Tuesday, August 8. He succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has held the post since 2013. Boone Isaacs became a very visible representative of the organization during her tenure, with the #OscarsSoWhite scandal and this year’s best-picture flub. She said earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

Bailey’s film credits include “American Gigolo,” "The Big Chill,” "Groundhog Day” and “As Good as It Gets.” He has been a film academy governor representing the cinematography branch for 14 years.

The film academy president traditionally appears on the Academy Awards telecast. Next year’s ceremony is the 90th.

Suburbicon Gets A Trailer

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Directed by George Clooney, Suburbicon is an upcoming crime horror-thriller film written by Joel and Ethan Coen, Clooney and Grant Heslov. The film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac.

Paramount is positioning Suburbicon for an Oscar run. It has been selected to be screened in the main competition section at the Venice International Film Festival. It is also scheduled to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The trailer released today gives us a better idea of the plot of Suburbicon. Thinly described on IMDB as a home invasion rattles a quiet family town.  

42nd Toronto International Film Festival Announces Line-up

TIFF announced their line-up for this years film festival. Toronto, Telluride and Venice are important stops before breaking into Oscar contention. Some good films will be going to Toronto this year. Including the premiere of the Winston Churchill film Darkest Hour. A movie that could give Gary Oldman an Oscar nomination. Battle of the Sexes with Emma Stone and Steve Carrell also made the list. Along with Darron Aronofsky's Mother and George Clooney's Suburbicon,

A few hits from Sundance are also making it to Toronto. Including Call me by Your Name and Mudbound. Rumor had it that Netflix acquiring Mudbound ruined its Oscar chances, but it looks like they are pushing forward with an awards campaign.

Here is the full list of films playing Toronto: (links will take you to more info on the film)

A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, Chile

A Season in France | Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France

Battle of the Sexes | Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA

BPM (Beats Per Minute) | Robin Campillo, France

Breathe | Andy Serkis, United Kingdom

Call Me By Your Name | Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France

Catch the Wind | Gaël Morel, France

C'est la vie! | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France

Darkest Hour | Joe Wright, United Kingdom

Disobedience | Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom

Downsizing | Alexander Payne, USA

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool | Paul McGuigan, United

Kingdom

First They Killed My Father | Angelina Jolie, Cambodia

Hostiles | Scott Cooper, USA

I, Tonya | Craig Gillespie, USA

Kings | Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium

Lady Bird | Greta Gerwig, USA

Long Time Running | Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier,

Canada

Mary Shelley | Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United

Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA

mother! | Darren Aronofsky, USA

Mudbound | Dee Rees, USA

Novitiate | Maggie Betts, USA

Omerta | Hansal Mehta, India

Plonger | Mélanie Laurent, France

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women | Angela Robinson,

USA

Sheikh Jackson | Amr Salama, Egypt

Stronger | David Gordon Green, USA

Submergence | Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain

Suburbicon | George Clooney, USA

The Brawler | Anurag Kashyap, India

The Breadwinner | Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg

The Catcher Was A Spy | Ben Lewin, USA

The Children Act | Richard Eyre, United Kingdom

The Current War | Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA

The Guardians | Xavier Beauvois, France

The Hungry | Bornila Chatterjee, India

The Mountain Between Us | Hany Abu-Assad, USA

The Price of Success | Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France

The Rider | Chloé Zhao, USA

The Shape of Water | Guillermo del Toro, USA

The Square | Ruben Östlund, Sweden

The Wife | Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden

Thelma | Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Martin

McDonagh, USA

Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film | Neil Burger, USA

Victoria and Abdul | Stephen Frears, United Kingdom

Woman Walks Ahead | Susanna White, USA

The Toronto Film Festival will run September 7-17.

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Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dies at 89


Martin Landau passed away on Sunday at 89. Landau won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. His credits also include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mission Impossible and North by Northwest. 
Landau was nominated for an Oscar 3 separate times. First for Best Supporting Actor in Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1989. He was nominated again and won Best Supporting Actor the following year for Crimes and Misdemeanors.  He also took home the Supporting Actor Oscar in 1995 for Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

Landau appeared in numerous TV shows including Mission: Impossible.