Gotham Independent Film Awards 2013

December 3rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

The Gotham Awards have announced their nominations as the awards season formally gets under way.


Restricted to indie American films – both filmmaker or location can qualify – it’s of limited benefit for determining trends but strong Oscar contender, ’12 Years A Slave’, bags an early best feature nomination.


As does ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, being another film that falls into the Oscar mix but probably leans more towards the best director category.


The best documentary nominations include one of the serious Oscar frontrunners, ‘The Act Of Killing’, which would stand a chance if it could establish momentum early in the awards season.




Best Feature


12 Years A Slave
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Before Midnight
Inside Llewyn Davis
Upstream Color


Best Documentary


The Act Of Killing
The Crash Reel
First Cousin Once Removed
Let The Fire Burn
Our Nixon


Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award


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


Best Actor


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


Best Actress


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


Breakthrough Actor


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


Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ Grant


Afia Nathaniel, director, Dukhthar
Gita Pullapilly, director, Beneath The Harvest Sky
Deb Shoval, director, AWOL


The first ceremony of the award season got off to a shock start with Steve McQueen’s Oscar frontrunner, ’12 Years A Slave’, leaving the 23rd annual Gotham Awards empty handed after receiving most nominations.  It lost out in the best feature race to the Coen Bros’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, which is very much in the Oscar mix but not yet a nomination dead cert.


There was no such surprise in the documentary section.  Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Act Of Killing’  has dominated the early stages of the awards season with nominations across the board and picked up the trophy as expected.  It is the clear favourite for Oscar success.


Ryan Coogler won the breakthrough director prize for his double Sundance winner, ‘Fruitvale Station’.




Best Feature
Inside Llewyn Davis
Dirs Joel Coen and Ethan Coen; pdrs Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (CBS Films)


Best Actress
Brie Larson, Short Term 12 (Cinedigm)


Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)


Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director
Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)


Breakthrough Actor
Michael B Jordan, Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)


Best Documentary
The Act Of Killing
Dir, Joshua Oppenheimer; prdrs Signe Byrge, Oppenheimer (Drafthouse Films)



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