Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominations Announced!

Boyhood leads with 4 nominations


And so it begins.  The very first (and very early) awards season nominations.  The Gotham are always quite interesting.  This year’s crop of nominees seems to cater more towards the buzzed-about films, which isn’t a slight on the Gothams.  Interesting to note as well that Gotham (much like SAG’s TV awards and Cannes) combine Lead and Supporting performances into their catchall Best Actor and Best Actress categories, which raises an eyebrow of curiosity when you see they’ve nominated Miles Teller over J.K. Simmons.  The acting trio in Foxcatcher receive a special prize, while Birdman, Boyhood, and The Grand Budapest Hotel have a strong showing.

The Press Release is below.  What do you guys think?  How will this impact the awards season?



Monday, December 1 ST at Cipriani
Wall Street

Boyhood Receives Four Nominations Including Best Feature
BirdmanThe Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange, and Under the Skin also Nominated for Best

Foxcatcher Voted Special Jury Award for Three Lead Actors

New York, NY (October 23, 2014) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, announced today the nominees for the 24 th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP.  The Gotham Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film and signals the kick-off to the film awards season. For 2014, the seven competitive awards include Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Actor, Best Actress (presenting sponsor euphoria Calvin Klein), Breakthrough Actor, the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award, and the Gotham Audience Award. In addition to the competitive awards, Gotham Award Tributes will be given to actor Tilda Swinton, director Bennett Miller and Industry Tribute recipient Netflix’s Ted Sarandos.

As the first major awards ceremony of the film season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP 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, including recent winners and ultimate Oscar® contenders.

Twenty-four films received nominations this year. In addition, the nominating committee for the Best Actor category voted to award a Special Jury Award jointly to the three leading actors in  Foxcatcher – Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum – for their ensemble work.

This year the Gotham Audience Award nominees are comprised of the15 films nominated for Best Feature, Best
Documentary, and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. The winner will be selected by online voting of IFP members. Voting for that award begins November 19 at 12:01 AM EST and concludes on November 26 at 5:00 PM EST.

“ Each year the Gotham Awards honor the best work from our independent storytellers and help new audiences discover their work.  We congratulate this year’s nominees, from the master film artists to the talented newcomers, a true representation of the rich and diverse range of today’s independent filmmaking,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. “We are grateful to our nominating committees of film critics, journalists, programmers and film curators for their dedication to selecting the nominees from so many worthy

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 Gotham Award recipients.

The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, December 1st at Cipriani Wall Street.

The 2014 Gotham Independent Film Award nominations are:

Best Feature
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John
Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen
Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films)

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales,
Jeremy Dawson, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Love Is Strange
Ira Sachs, director; Lucas
Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman,
producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Under the Skin
Jonathan Glazer, director; Nick Wechsler, James Wilson, producers
(A24 Films)

Best Documentary
Robert Greene, director; Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Robert
Greene, producers (The Cinema Guild)

Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk
Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)

Life Itself
Steve James, director; Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch,
producers (Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films)

Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, directors; Lucien
Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, producers (The Cinema Guild)

Point and Shoot
Marshall Curry, director; Marshall Curry, Elizabeth Martin,
Matthew Van Dyke, producers (The Orchard and American Documentary / POV)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour for  A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Kino Lorber)
James Ward Byrkit for  Coherence (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Dan Gilroy for  Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)
Eliza Hittman for  It Felt Like Love (Variance Films)
Justin Simien for  Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside

Best Actor*
Bill Hader in  The Skeleton Twins (Lionsgate and Roadside
Ethan Hawke in  Boyhood (IFC Films)
Oscar Isaac in  A Most Violent Year  (A24 Films)
Michael Keaton in  Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of
Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Miles Teller in  Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)

* The 2014 Best Actor nominating panel also voted to award a
special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing
Tatum for their ensemble performance in  Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics) .

Best Actress
Patricia Arquette in  Boyhood (IFC Films)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in  Beyond the Lights (Relativity Media)
Julianne Moore in  Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)
Scarlett Johansson in  Under the Skin (A24 Films)
Mia Wasikowska in  Tracks (The Weinstein Company)

Breakthrough Actor
Riz Ahmed in  Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)
Macon Blair in  Blue Ruin (RADiUS)
Ellar Coltrane in  Boyhood (IFC Films)
Joey King in  Wish I Was Here  (Focus Features)
Jenny Slate in  Obvious Child (A24 Films)
Tessa Thompson in  Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside

Twenty writers, critics and programmers participated in the
nomination process, considering 199 eligible submissions. The  Nominating
Committees for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards were:

Nominating Committee for Best Feature and Breakthrough Director:
Justin Chang, Senior Film Critic,  Variety
Eric Kohn, Lead Film Critic,  Indiewire
Christy Lemire, Film Critic, and co-host,  What
the Flick?!
Andrew O’Hehir, Film Critic,
Joshua Rothkopf, Film Editor,  Time Out New York

Nominating Committee for Best Documentary:
Charlotte Cook, Director of Programming ,  Hot Docs Canadian
International Documentary Festival
Bilge Ebiri, Film Critic,  New York Magazine and  Vulture
Cynthia Fuchs, Film-TV Editor,  PopMatters
Tom Hall, Executive Director, Montclair Film Festival
Sky Sitney,  Visiting Artist, Georgetown University Film and Media Studies

Nominating Committee for Best Actor and Best Actress:
Mark Harris,  Editor-at-Large,  Entertainment Weekly and columnist,  Grantland
Ann Hornaday, Film Critic,  The Washington Post
Glenn Kenny,  Critic,; author,  Anatomy of an Actor: Robert De Niro
David Rooney, Film & Theater
Critic,  The Hollywood Reporter
Elizabeth Weitzman, Film Critic,  New York Daily News

Nominating Committee for Breakthrough Actor:
Sam Adams, Editor of Criticwire,  Indiewire
A.A. Dowd, Film Editor,  The A. V. Club
Sheila O’Malley, Film Critic,
Ronnie Scheib, Film Critic,  Variety
Stephen Whitty, Film Critic,  Newark Star-Ledger

Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the
Dream’ Grant
For the fourth
consecutive year, IFP is proud present the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on
Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant, a $25,000 cash award for an alumna of
IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs. This grant aims to further the careers of
emerging women directors by supporting the completion, distribution and
audience engagement strategies of their first feature film.

The nominees are:

Garrett Bradley, director,  Below Dreams
Claire Carré, director,  Embers
Chloé Zhao, director,  Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
New this year, IFP
members will have a voice in determining the 5th Annual Gotham Independent Film
Audience Award with nominees comprised of the 15 nominated
films in the Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Bingham Ray Breakthrough
Director Award categories. All IFP current, active members at the Individual
Level and above will be eligible to vote.  Voting will take place
online from November 19 th  at 12:01 AM EST and
conclude on November 26 th  at 5:00 PM EST. In addition, IFP
will be scheduling screenings of many of the nominated films for IFP members in
the theater at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in Brooklyn. These
screenings will take place from November 5-12. The winner of the Audience
Award will be announced at the Gotham Awards Ceremony on December 1, 2014.

The Premier Sponsor
of the 24 th  annual Gotham Independent Film Awards is  The New York Times and the Platinum
Sponsor is euphoria Calvin Klein. Additionally, the awards will be promoted
nationally in an eight-page special advertising section in  The New York Times in November 2014.

2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP– Alphabetical List of
Nominated Films

Best Documentary

Beyond the Lights
Best Actress

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of
Best Feature

Blue Ruin

Best Feature
Best Actor
Best Actress
Breakthrough Actor



Dear White People

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Feature

It Felt Like Love

Life Itself
Best Documentary
Love Is Strange
Best Feature
Best Documentary
A Most Violent Year
Best Actor

Breakthrough Director
Breakthrough Actor

Obvious Child
Breakthrough Actor

Point and Shoot
Best Documentary
The Skeleton Twins
Best Actor

Still Alice
Best Actress

Best Actress

Under the Skin
Best Feature
Best Actress

Best Actor

Wish I Was Here

About IFP
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions
the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at
all stages of development and distribution. The organization fosters a vibrant
and sustainable independent storytelling community through its year-round
programs, which include Independent Film Week,  Filmmaker Magazine, the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the Made
in NY Media Center by IFP, a new incubator space developed with the Mayor’s
Office of Media and Entertainment. IFP represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and
plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year.
During its 35-year history, IFP has supported over 8,000 projects and offered
resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Miranda July,
Michael Moore, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin. More info at .

About the Gotham Independent
Film Awards by IFP
The Gotham Independent Film
Awards by IFP, selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City,
the home of independent film, are the first honors of the film awards season.
This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for
independent films, and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes
throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.

For information
on attending:

What do you think?

Written by Sam Coffey

Attorney-at-law, Oscaroligist, coffee lover, Fantasy Football silver medalist, soccer fan (Orlando City SC), Geoffrey Rush enthusiast, and Time's 2006 Person of the Year.

Sam joined The Awards Circuit in January 2014, predicting all award shows with 100% accuracy ever since. A.K.A. "the stat guy."


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