The Gotham Awards nominees were announced this morning. The Gotham’s don’t necessarily translate to Oscars, but they do give us an idea of the movies that are gaining momentum going into awards season. Before today, we knew that SPOTLIGHT and CAROL could be contenders, but nothing to back it up. Today both films begin their trek to Oscar night.

The Gotham Awards ceremony will be November 30th at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan.

Best Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Heaven Knows What

Best Documentary
Approaching the Elephant
Cartel Land
Heart of a Dog
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior
Jonas Carpigano for Mediterranea
Marielle Heller for The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary for The Mend
Josh Mond for James White

Best Screenplay
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Love & Mercy
While We’re Young

Best Actor
Christopher Abbott in James White
Kevin Corrigan in Results
Paul Dano in Love & Mercy
Peter Sarsgaard in Experimenter
Michael Shannon in 99 Homes

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett in Carol
Blythe Danner in I’ll See You in My Dreams
Brie Larson in Room
Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Lily Tomlin in Grandma
Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me

Breakthrough Actor
Rory Culkin in Gabriel
Arielle Holmes in Heaven Knows What
Lola Kirke in Mistress America
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in Tangerine
Mya Taylor in Tangerine


While the New York Film Critics pushed Boyhood further into the Oscar race, The Gotham Independent Film Awards pushed Birdman along.

Best Feature – Birdman  – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director

Best Actress – Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Best Actor* – Michael Keaton in Birdman

Best Documentary – CITIZENFOUR – Laura Poitras, director

Breakthrough Actor – Tessa Thompson in Dear White People

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award – Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Audience Award – Boyhood

The 2014 Best Actor nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for their ensemble performance in Foxcatcher


Inside Llewyn Davis

Brie Larson in Short Term 12

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station

Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station

The Act of Killing

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

Beneath the Harvest Sky

Gotham Awards begin at 7PM EST. tonight. Watch them streamed live here.

Check back tonight for all of the results.

The Gotham Independent Film Awards, selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.



The first group to hand out movie awards this year is the Gotham Independent Film Awards.  While it may not have a direct influence on Oscar nominees, it at least gives us an idea of where some peoples heads are at.

The Gotham Independent Film Awards, selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.

They announced their nominations today and winners will be announced December 2nd. 12 YEARS A SLAVE leads with 3 nominations.

Best Feature

  • 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen, director
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – David Lowery, director
  • Before Midnight – Richard Linklater, director
  • Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors
  • Upstream Color – Shane Carruth, director

Best Documentary

  • The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer, director
  • The Crash Reel – Lucy Walker, director
  • First Cousin Once Removed – Alan Berliner, director
  • Let the Fire Burn – Jason Osder, director
  • Our Nixon – Penny Lane, director

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

  • Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station
  • Adam Leon for Gimme the Loot
  • Alexandre Moors for Blue Caprice
  • Stacie Passon for Concussion
  • Amy Seimetz for Sun Don’t Shine

Best Actor

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
  • Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
  • Robert Redford in All Is Lost
  • Isaiah Washington in Blue Caprice

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
  • Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon
  • Brie Larson in Short Term 12
  • Amy Seimetz in Upstream Color
  • Shailene Woodley in The Spectacular Now

Breakthrough Actor

  • Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings
  • Kathryn Hahn in Afternoon Delight
  • Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station
  • Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave
  • Robin Weigert in Concussion


Last year at this time we pretty much knew that THE ARTIST was going to win best picture. The race was basically over. This year, not so much. Nobody really knows how it will play out. LINCOLN and ARGO have been the front-runners most of the year, but then along came ZERO DARK THIRTY. Winning 6 major film critics awards right out of the gate, is pushing it toward an Oscar nomination. The recent “torture or not torture” back lash hurts it a bit. The old guys voting for Oscars hate controversy. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be set back by the fact that many people are not in the mood for a bloody and violent move after last weeks tragedy in Connecticut. When the Academy voters are vacationing with their families during the Holidays and they pull out their pile of screeners to watch with family, they are probably choosing LINCOLN, ARGO or SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. Here is my list of movies that I think will be nominated for best picture:


LINCOLN-You can say that it is long, boring and not “cool”, but you can’t deny the work that went into making this epic. Spielberg spent 9 years working with Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book the film is based on, and screenwriter Tony Kushner to write an extremely detailed and inspiring script. Great actors are always in best picture nominees. Everyone can agree that Daniel Day Lewis knocked it out of the park. Along with Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. I still think it is in the lead to win the whole thing and getting the most nominations this year, but the competition is still tough.

ARGO-Everyone likes ARGO. It is the safest movie in the bunch and the one with the least controversy.

ZERO DARK THIRTY-Katheryn Bigelow researched the hell out of this movie. Getting unprecedented access to State Department files describing the killing of Osama Bin-Laden. The critics love it. It has the highest score on Metacritic right now with a 95. (LINCOLN is at 86). Jessica Chastain is the front-runner for best actress which always helps. It may be hurt by the previously mentioned controversy.

LES MISERABLES– There are some pretty bad reviews out there about this movie, but it certainly has its fans. Many Oscar bloggers have it as their number one to win. It is impressive that all of the singing was done live while it was shot. If anything, you have to give Tom Hooper credit for that. Anne Hatahway’s short time on-screen will probably win her a best supporting actress trophy. If you are a fan of the Broadway version or musicals in general, it will probably be your favorite movie of the year. The problem is there are a lot of people who aren’t fans of watching 3 hours of singing. It will get a nomination, but not a win.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK– I was not a fan of this movie. I just don’t get all of the hype. At first I thought something was wrong with me and I was the only one who didn’t get it. It is a mess and you see the ending a mile away. It still has enough support to get a nomination. Some are predicting it to win. Let’s hope not.

LIFE OF PI– It started as a book that was thought to be “unmakeable” as a film. Ang Lee did it and he did it well. The 3D is AVATAR caliber. The story has some holes, but the visual effects make this movie a lock for a nomination. It will struggle due to the fact that there are mostly first time actors in it. But is has the momentum to get a nomination.


BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD– My personal favorite of the year. Thirty year old first time Director Benh Zeitlin makes a pretty damn good movie. This movie was handmade and had nothing to lose. Zeitlin used all first time actors including 5-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis. BEASTS costs $1.8 million to make compared to huge block buster budgets that compete for awards. Unfortunately it is getting lost in the shuffle. The rich and famous Oscar voters may not want to reward a movie that is not in the “club”. It has won a bunch of critics awards and in the top 10 AFI films. So there is some hope.

MOONRISE KINGDOM-Another little movie that could. It is campy, eccentric and witty. It won Best Feature at the Gotham Awards and the Golden Globes nominated it for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy. It is holding its own.

DJANGO UNCHAINED-It is a few days from being released, but critics and Oscar bloggers have seen it. People either love it or hate it. The Weinstein Company pressured Tarantino to get DJANGO released this year. Some people in the know claim that he was rushed and completely changed the ending to make that happen. That is not what you want Oscar voters to know. The Weinsteins are pushing REAL hard for Silver Linings Playbook to win Academy Awards. Much more than they are for DJANGO. Not a good sign.

THE MASTER-I was not sure where I should put this movie. I have it in the “might happen” category because it has won so many awards so far this year. The hype has certainly died down since it’s release, but is still floating around. The reviews might be too decisive for the Academy. They like stories with a plot and an ending. This has neither.


FLIGHT– If Joaquin Phoenix does not get a Best Actor nom. for THE MASTER then Denzel Washington might make the list. John Goodman could and should get Best Supporting Actor. In other words, this is an acting movie. It is not getting enough attention in the precursor awards to get a nomination.

AMOUR-This movie has a lot of fans. All hoping AMOUR can get nominated for Best Picture. My guess is that it will get a Best Foreign Language nomination and win an Oscar there.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES– Early in the year I wondered how after THE DARK KNIGHT was snubbed could TDKR not get nominated for Best Picture. Then I went to see it and now I now it can’t.

BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL-This was a little surprise that came out in the Summer. It gave Oscar bloggers something to talk about when nothing else was going on. It did well at the British Film awards and is nominated for a Golden Globe. The competition this year is too tough for this one. Maybe some love for Judi Dench in acting. What movies do you think will be nominated for Best Picture?

The Independent Filmmaker Project is the oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers. They  announced their nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Awards starting the film awards season. The awards will be handed out November 26th in New York.

Middle of Nowhere which hasn’t had too much attention leading up Oscars, might now be part of the discussion.

Best Feature
The Loneliest Planet
The Master
Middle of Nowhere
Moonrise Kingdom

Best Documentary
How to Survive a Plague
The Artist is Present
Room 237
The Waiting Room

Best Ensemble Performance
Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey (Millennium Entertainment)
Moonrise Kingdom
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban (Focus Features)
Safety Not Guaranteed
Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, Mary Lynn Rajskub (Film District)
Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher (The Weinstein Company)
Your Sister’s Sister
Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass (IFC Films)

Breakthrough Director
Zal Batmanglij for Sound of My Voice
Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky for Francine
Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin for Now, Forager
Antonio Méndez Esparza for Aquí y Allá (Here and There)
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

Breakthrough Actor
Mike Birbiglia in Sleepwalk with Me
Emayatzy Corinealdi in Middle of Nowhere
Thure Lindhardt in Keep the Lights On
Melanie Lynskey in Hello, I Must Be Going
Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Red Flag
Sun Don’t Shine
Tiger Tail in Blue

The 3rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award will be voted on again by the independent film community, 230,000 film fans worldwide. To be eligible, a U.S. film must have won an audience award at one of the top 50 U.S. or Canadian film festivals from November 2011 through October 2012. Voting begins today at for the 31 films on the eligibility list. The nominees will be announced November 5th, and the winner will be revealed at the Gotham Awards ceremony.

The recipient of the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near YouŇ award is determined by the editorial staff of Filmmaker Magazine, a publication of IFP, and a curator from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). All of these nominees will also be screened for the public at MoMA from November 16-19, 2012.

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2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards™ – Alphabetical List of Nominated Films

Aquí y Allá (Here and There) – Breakthrough Director
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Breakthrough Director &Breakthrough Actor
Bernie – Best Feature & Best Ensemble Performance
Detropia – Best Documentary
Francine – Breakthrough Director
Hello, I Must Be Going – Breakthrough Actor
How to Survive a Plague – Best Documentary
Keep the Lights On – Breakthrough Actor
Kid-Thing – Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
The Loneliest Planet – Best Feature
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present – Best Documentary
The Master – Best Feature
Middle of Nowhere – Best Feature & Breakthrough Actor
Moonrise Kingdom – Best Feature & Best Ensemble Performance
Now, Forager – Breakthrough Director
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty – Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Red Flag – Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Room 237 – Best Documentary
Safety Not Guaranteed – Best Ensemble Performance
Silver Linings Playbook – Best Ensemble Performance
Sleepwalk with Me – Breakthrough Actor
Sound of My Voice – Breakthrough Director
Sun Don’t Shine – Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Tiger Tail in Blue – Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
The Waiting Room – Best Documentary
Your Sister’s Sister – Best Ensemble Performance