Gotham Independent Film Awards Unveil Nominees


Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis.

New York Film Festival debuts 12 Years A Slave and the Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis are among the nominees in the running for Best Feature for the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards, produced by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). For 2013, the seven competitive awards include Best Feature, Best Actress (presenting sponsor euphoria Calvin Klein), Best Actor, Best Documentary, the Audience Award, Breakthrough Actor, and Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director.

Other Best Feature titles include David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, and Shane Carruth's Upstream Color. New Directors/New Films' The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer and Penny Lane's Our Nixon are among the films in the running for Best Documentary, while Sundance winner Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), ND/NF's Alexandre Moors (Blue Caprice), NewFest's Stacie Passon (Concussion) along with Amy Seimetz (Factory 25) were nominated in the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award category.

12 Years A Slave received three nominations Thursday morning, while Blue Caprice, Concussion, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis and Upstream Color received two nominations each.

"The Gotham Awards celebrate and showcase the very best of the vibrant, entertaining, challenging, and innovative films presented by our community, and help new audiences discover this vital work," said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. "We congratulate this year’s master film artists, talented newcomers, and other nominees representing the rich and diverse spectrum of today’s independent filmmaking. We also want to thank our nominating committees of film critics, journalists, programmers and film curators for their dedication to selecting the nominees from so many worthy submissions."

The 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards will take place Monday December 2 at Cipriani Wall Street.


Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave.

23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominations follow:

Best Feature

12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints - David Lowery, director; Tony Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Amy Kaufman, Cassian Elwes, producers (IFC Films)

Before Midnight - Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Sara Woodhatch, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Inside Llewyn Davis - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors; Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, producers (CBS Films)

Upstream Color - Shane Carruth, director; Shane Carruth, Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair, producers. (erbp)
 
Best Documentary

The Act of Killing - Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge, Joshua Oppenheimer, producers (Drafthouse Films)

The Crash Reel - Lucy Walker, director; Julian Cautherly, Lucy Walker, producers (HBO Documentary Films)

First Cousin Once Removed - Alan Berliner, director and producer (HBO Documentary Films)

Let the Fire Burn - Jason Osder, director and producer (Zeitgeist Films)

Our Nixon - Penny Lane, director; Brian L. Frye, Penny Lane, producers (Cinedigm and CNN Films)


Alexandre Moors' Blue Caprice.
 
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)
Adam Leon for Gimme the Loot (Sundance Selects)
Alexandre Moors for Blue Caprice (Sundance Selects)
Stacie Passon for Concussion (RADiUS-TWC)
Amy Seimetz for Sun Don’t Shine (Factory 25)
 
Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films)
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Robert Redford in All Is Lost (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Isaiah Washington in Blue Caprice (Sundance Selects)
 
Best Actress

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon (Relativity Media)
Brie Larson in Short Term 12 (Cinedigm)
Amy Seimetz in Upstream Color (erbp)
Shailene Woodley in The Spectacular Now (A24)


Stacie Passon's Concussion.
 
Breakthrough Actor

Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics)
Kathryn Hahn in Afternoon Delight (The Film Arcade and Cinedigm)
Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)
Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Robin Weigert in Concussion (RADiUS-TWC)
  
Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ Grant - For the third consecutive year, IFP is proud present the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant, a $25,000 cash award for an alumna of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs. This grant aims to further the careers of emerging women directors by supporting the completion, distribution and audience engagement strategies of their first feature film.

The nominees are:
Afia Nathaniel, director, Dukhthar
Gita Pullapilly, director, Beneath the Harvest Sky
Deb Shoval, director, AWOL
 
The winner of this grant in 2012 was Stacie Passon for Concussion, a Gotham Award nominee this year for the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award.
 
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award - The 4th 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 December 2012 through October 2013. Voting begins today at http://gotham.ifp.org/audience_award for the 34 films on the eligibility list.  The nominees will be announced November 8, and the winner will be revealed at the Gotham Awards ceremony.

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