Monday, October 19, 2009

Gotham Award Nominations

The official nominations were presented today for the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Award. The films that showed up the most were Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker and Robert Siegel's Big Fan. As I have mentioned many times, I am dying to see Big Fan and it is good to see the film get some recognition in the independent circuit. In addition, I recently saw Goodbye Solo and even if the film as a whole didn't quite move me as much as I hoped, Savane's performance -- which is nominated below -- is a stunning piece of work. 

In addition, there are several people that will be honored with career tributes: Bigelow, Natalie Portman, Stanley Tucci, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner. I always love looking at a list of nominees, and even though this particular list has films that most people aren't familiar with, there's a lot of work here that is worth seeing.

The awards will be handed out in New York City on November 30th.

Best Picture: 

Big Fan
The Hurt Locker
The Maid
A Serious Man

Best Documentary:

Food, Inc.
Good Hair
My Neighbor My Killer

Best Ensemble Performance:

Cold Souls 
The Hurt Locker
A Serious Man

Breakthrough Director:

Cruz Angeles (Don't Let Me Drown)
Frazer Bradshaw (Everything Strange and New)
Noah Buschel (The Missing Person)
Derrick Martini (Lymelife)
Robert Siegel (Big Fan)

Breakthrough Actor:

Ben Foster (The Messenger)
Patton Oswalt (Big Fan)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Catalina Saavedra (The Maid)
Soulemane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You:

Everything Strange and New
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
October Country 
You Won't Miss Me
Zero Bridge 


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