October 19, 2009

The nominations are announced for the Gotham Independent Film Awards!

The precursor season begins:

Best Feature

  • Amreeka – Cherien Dabis, director (National Geographic Entertainment)
  • Big Fan – Robert Siegel, director (First Independent Pictures)
  • The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow, director (Summit Entertainment)
  • The Maid - Sebastian Silva, director (Elephant Eye Films)
  • A Serious Man – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors (Focus Features)

Best Documentary

  • Food, Inc. – Robert Kenner, director (Magnolia Pictures)
  • Good Hair – Jeff Stilson, director (Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions in association with HBO Films)
  • My Neighbor My Killer – Anne Aghion, director/producer (Gacaca Productions)
  • Paradise – Michael Almereyda, director (Post Factory Films)
  • Tyson – James Toback, director (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Ensemble Performance

  • Adventureland – Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds (Miramax Films)
  • Cold Souls – Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, Emily Watson, Katheryn Winnick, David Strathairn (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
  • The Hurt Locker - Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly (Summit Entertainment)
  • A Serious Man – Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed (Focus Features)
  • Sugar – Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Michael Gaston, Andre Holland, Ann Whitney, Richard Bull, Ellary Porterfield, Jaime Tirelli (Sony Pictures Classics)

Breakthrough Director

  • Cruz Angeles for Don’t Let Me Drown
  • Frazer Bradshaw for Everything Strange and New
  • Noah Buschel for The Missing Person (Strand Releasing)
  • Derick Martini for Lymelife (Screen Media Films)
  • Robert Siegel for Big Fan (First Independent Pictures)

Breakthrough Actor

  • Ben Foster in The Messenger (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
  • Patton Oswalt in Big Fan (First Independent Pictures)
  • Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)
  • Catalina Saavedra in The Maid (Elephant Eye Films)
  • Soulémane Sy Savané in Goodbye Solo (Roadside Attractions)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

  • Everything Strange and New – Frazer Bradshaw, director; Laura Techera Francia, A.D. Liano, producers
  • Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench - Damien Chazelle, director; Jasmine McGlade, producer
  • October Country – Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, directors/producers
  • You Won’t Miss Me - Ry Russo-Young, director/producer
  • Zero Bridge – Tariq Tapa, director; Tariq Tapa, Josée Lajoie, Hilal Ahmed Langoo, producers
-Thoughts? (By the way, The Hurt Locker and Big Fan led the nominations with 3 each)


  1. While this doesn't tell us much, it really is the start of the "awards season", so it's exciting times...

  2. Agreed. I'm glad to see Big Fan here, I really like Robert Siegel. Haven't seen the film yet, but I'm dying to.

  3. It will be interesting to see how The Hurt Locker measures up to A Serious Man in the indie awards circuit. The Coens tend to do pretty well there.

    I too want to see Big Fan. I loved The Wrestler and thought it was completely overlooked in the awards for writing last year.

  4. I was just about to make the same comment David, but you beat me to it. Whoever wins between The Hurt Locker and A Serious Man should tell us quite a bit about The Hurt Locker's chances in awards season. It seems to be a film most people are forgetting about and a win over A Serious Man is very important for it staying relevant.

    Although I hope A Serious Man wins because in my opinion it is the superior film. I didn't fall in love with The Hurt Locker like most people seemed to. I thought it was good, just not great.

    I also find it odd that Ben Foster was nominated for breakthrough actor, when it has been at least two or three years since he broke out. But I guess any love for him is good love.


  5. We shall certainly see...and agreed on Ben Foster, he's very underrated