It’s late October, guys. We’ve put it off long enough: Let’s spend the next 10 weeks doing nothing but giving out awards! I mean, why else would you even watch a movie, except to give it an award? I can’t think of another valid reason.
Awards season really gets underway with the announcement of the Gotham Awards nominations, which are handed out each year by the Independent Filmmaker Project. This year’s nominees are a strong bunch, led by Steve McQueen’s historical slavery drama 12 Years A Slave, which picked up three nods for Best Feature, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Breakthrough Actor (Lupita Nyong’o). 12 Years was the only film with three nominations, but several movies grabbed two, including Blue Caprice (Best Actor for Isaiah Washington and Breakthrough Director for Alexandre Moors), Fruitvale Station (Breakthrough Director for Ryan Coogler and Breakthrough Actor for Michael B. Jordan), Inside Llewyn Davis (Best Picture and Best Actor for Oscar Isaac), and Upstream Color (Best Picture and Best Actress for Amy Seimetz).
The one film that wasn’t really on my radar in a big way before these nominations is Concussion, a 2013 Sundance selection that Radius acquired out of the festival. Described as the story of a “lesbian housewife Abby who, after a blow to the head from her son’s baseball, walks around her suburban life with a desire for something more,” it grabbed nominations for Breakthrough Director (Stacie Passon) and Breakthrough Actor (Robin Weigert). The film opened recently in limited release, and is currently available on iTunes and VOD.
The full list of 2013 Gotham nominees is below. The winners will be announced on December 2. Awards! Catch the fever.
The 2013 Gotham Awards Nominations
12 Years A Slave
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Act Of Killing
The Crash Reel
First Cousin Once Removed
Let The Fire Burn
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
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Scarlett Johansson, Don Jon
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now
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
Dane DeHaan, Kill Your Darlings
Kathryn Hahn, Afternoon Delight
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Robin Weigert, Concussion