‘The Farewell,’ ‘Marriage Story’ & ‘Uncut Gems’ Lead 2019 Gotham Award Nominations

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, announced today the nominees for the 29th Annual IFP Gotham Awards. Ten competitive awards will be presented to independent features and series. In addition to the competitive awards, Gotham Tributes will be given to actors Laura Dern and Sam Rockwell, director Ava DuVernay, and the Gotham Industry Tribute to Glen Basner.

The IFP Gotham Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film and signals the kick-off to the film awards season. As the first major awards ceremony of the season, the IFP Gotham Awards provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting award recipients prominently into national awards season attention.

Midsommar

“We congratulate the 2019 IFP Gotham Award nominees and are excited to recognize these artists on December 2nd here in New York, a city known for its great tradition of independent storytelling. This year has been filled with brilliant performances and dynamic work across film and television and we look forward to celebrating these achievements together,” said Jeffrey Sharp, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center.

Thirty-three films and series received nominations this year. Nominees are selected by committees of film critics, journalists, festival programmers, and film curators. Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors and others directly involved in making films will determine the final IFP Gotham Award recipients.

“The Farewell,” “Marriage Story” and “Uncut Gems” lead the tally board of nominations Thursday morning with three nominations eachhoch include for Best Feature and acting categories. Best Documentary category sees the recognition of the Sundance debut and Netflix-distributed “American Factory,” as well as NEON’s critically applauded “Apollo 11.” Best Actor features strong performances in Willem Dafoe, Andre Holland, Adam Sandler, Aldis Hodgge and Adam Driver. On the Best Actress front, Mary Kay Place and Alfre Woodard are among the list with Awkwafina, Elisabeth Moss, and “Midsommar” darling Florence Pugh.

The Gotham Audience Award nominees are comprised of the 15 films nominated for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. The winners will be selected by online voting of IFP members. Voting for that award begins November 25th and the winner will be announced at the ceremony.

The IFP Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, December 2nd at Cipriani Wall Street.

Marriage Story

The 2019 IFP Gotham Award nominations are:

Best Feature

  • The Farewell
    Lulu Wang, director; Daniele Melia, Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz,
    Jane Zheng, Lulu Wang, Anita Gou, producers (A24)
  • Hustlers
    Lorene Scafaria, director; Jessica Elbaum, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Benny
    Medina, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, producers (STXfilms)
  • Marriage Story
    Noah Baumbach, director; Noah Baumbach, David Heyman, producers (Netflix)
  • Uncut Gems
    Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, directors; Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Sebastian Bear McClard, producers
    (A24)
  • Waves
    Trey Edward Shults, director; James Wilson, Kevin Turen, Trey Edward Shults, producers (A24)

Best Documentary

  • American Factory
    Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, directors; Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert, Julie Parker
    Benello, producers (Netflix)
  • Apollo 11
  • Todd Douglas Miller, director; Todd Douglas Miller, Thomas Baxley Petersen, Evan Krauss,
    producers (NEON and CNN Films)
  • The Edge of Democracy
    Petra Costa, director; Petra Costa, Tiago Pavan, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris, producers
    (Netflix)
  • Midnight Traveler
    Hassan Fazili, director; Emelie Mahdavian, Su Kim, producers (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
  • One Child Nation
    Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, directors; Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, Christoph Jörg, Julie Goldman,
    Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, producers (Amazon Studios)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

  • Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre for The Mustang (Focus Features)
  • Kent Jones for Diane (IFC Films)
  • Joe Talbot for The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24)
  • Olivia Wilde for Booksmart (United Artists Releasing)
  • Phillip Youmans for Burning Cane (ARRAY Releasing)

Best Screenplay

  • The Farewell, Lulu Wang (A24)
  • High Flying Bird, Tarell Alvin McCraney (Netflix)
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Jimmie Fails, Joe Talbot, Rob Richert (A24)
  • Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach (Netflix)
  • Midsommar, Ari Aster (A24)
High Flying Bird

Best Actor

  • Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse (A24)
  • Adam Driver in Marriage Story (Netflix)
  • Aldis Hodge in Clemency (NEON)
  • André Holland in High Flying Bird (Netflix)
  • Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems (A24)

Best Actress

  • Awkwafina in The Farewell (A24)
  • Elisabeth Moss in Her Smell (Gunpowder & Sky)
  • Mary Kay Place in Diane (IFC Films)
  • Florence Pugh in Midsommar (A24)
  • Alfre Woodard in Clemency (NEON)

Breakthrough Actor

  • Julia Fox in Uncut Gems (A24)
  • Aisling Franciosi in The Nightingale (IFC Films)
  • Chris Galust in Give Me Liberty (Music Box Films)
  • Noah Jupe in Honey Boy (Amazon Studios)
  • Jonathan Majors in The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24)
  • Taylor Russell in Waves (A24)

Breakthrough Series – Long Format (over 40 minutes)

  • Chernobyl, Craig Mazin, creator; Craig Mazin, Carolyn Strauss, Jane Featherstone, executive
    producers (HBO)
  • David Makes Man, Tarell Alvin McCraney, creator; Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy, Tarell Alvin
    McCraney, Denitria Harris-Lawrence, Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, executive producers
    (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • My Brilliant Friend, Saverio Costanzo, creator; Domenico Procacci, Mario Gianani, Guido De
    Laurentiis, Elena Recchia, Jennifer Schuur, Paolo Sorrentino, executive producers (HBO)
  • Unbelievable, Susannah Grant, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Lisa Cholodenko, Ayelet
    Waldman & Michael Chabon, Katie Couric, Richard Tofel, Neil Barsky, Robyn Semien, Marie,
    executive producers (Netflix)
  • When They See Us, Ava DuVernay, creator; Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De
    Niro, Berry Welsh, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, executive producers (Netflix)
Russian Doll

Breakthrough Series – Short Format (under 40 minutes)

  • PEN15, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman, creators; Anna Konkle, Sam Zvibleman,
    Debbie Liebling, Gabe Liedman, Marc Provissiero, Brooke Pobjoy, Andy Samberg, Jorma
    Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Becky Sloviter, Shelley Zimmerman, Brin Lukens, Jordan Levin,
    executive producers (Hulu)
  • Ramy, Ramy Youssef, Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch, creators; Ramy Youssef, Jerrod Carmichael, Ravi
    Nandan, Bridget Bedard, Ari Katcher, Ryan Welch, executive producers (Hulu)
  • Russian Doll, Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, Amy Poehler, creators; Natasha Lyonne, Leslye
    Headland, Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns, Allison Silverman, executive
    producers (Netflix)
  • Tuca & Bertie, Lisa Hanawalt, creator; Lisa Hanawalt, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright,
    Steven A. Cohen, Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, executive producers (Netflix)
  • Undone, Kate Purdy, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creators; Kate Purdy, Raphael Bob-Waksberg,
    Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, Tommy Pallotta, executive producers (Amazon Prime Video)

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