2010 Gotham Award Nominations

Ready or not, awards season has just kicked off with the announcement of the 2010 Gotham Award nominees.  The New York based awards show honors independent films annually, while also setting the tone for how certain films will fare during awards season.  This year the competition is intense,  as five of the most critically acclaimed films of the year find themselves pitted against each other.

And the nominees are:

Best Feature
“Black Swan” by Darren Aronofsky
“Blue Valentine” by Derek Cianfrance
“The Kids Are All Right” by Lisa Cholodenko
“Let Me In” by Matt Reeves
“Winter’s Bone” by Debra Granik

Best Documentary
“12th & Delaware” by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
“Inside Job” by Charles Ferguson
“The Oath” by Laura Poitras
“Public Speaking” by Martin Scorsese
“Sweetgrass” by Lucien Castai

Best Ensemble Performance
“The Kids Are All Right”
“Life During Wartime”
“Please Give”
“Tiny Furniture”
“Winter’s Bone”

Breakthrough Director
John Wells for “The Company Men”
Kevin Asch for “Holy Rollers”
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa for “I Love You Phillip Morris”
Tanya Hamilton for “Night Catches Us”
Lena Dunham for “Tiny Furniture”

Breakthrough Actor
Prince Adu in “Prince of Broadway”
Ronald Bronstein in “Daddy Longlegs”
Greta Gerwig in “Greenberg”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
John Ortiz in “Jack Goes Boating”

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
“Kati with an i” by Robert Greene, director
“Littlerock” by Mike Ott
“On Coal River” by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood
“Summer Pasture” by Lynn True and Nelson Walker
“The Wolf Knife” by Laurel Nakadate

Here’s the breakdown for Best Feature:

“Let Me In”: If you’re judging by the film’s box office success then this nomination will seem like a surprise, however, critically this film fared pretty well and I expect to see it pick up a possible Independent Spirit Award nomination.

“Black Swan” & “The Kids Are All Right”: Expect to see both of these films go the distance in major categories, all the way to the Academy Awards.  Precursor and Oscar nominations are highly likely for Natalie Portman, Annette Bening (who some have predicted to win already), and Julianne Moore. Lisa Cholodenko and Darren Aronofsky should also get some awards recognition, although the Academy has been known to snub Aronofsky more than once.

“Blue Valentine” & “Winter’s Bone”: Expect to see the talent for both of these films go the distance. Jennifer Lawrence is a potential wild card in the Best Actress race, while Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams have been tapped for nominations since January.  I also expect to see ‘Blue Valentine’ receive some recognition in the screenplay category and possibly even the Best Picture category, if they can get that whole NC-17 rating squared away.

So far it’s shaping up to be a pretty stellar awards season and with so many upcoming great contenders,  I’m hoping that this season keeps us all on our toes.   The Gotham Awards will be held on Nov. 29.

 

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