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Gotham Independent Film Awards nominees announced

October 19, 2009 | 10:42 am

Though the Academy Awards are five months away, the movie awards season kicked off Monday morning with the nominees for the 19th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards sponsored by the Independent Filmmaker Project, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of indie filmmakers.

New York Times film critic and “At the Movies” cohost A.O. Scott announced the nominees in the six competitive awards categories:

Best Feature: “Amreeka”; “Big Fan”; “The Hurt Locker"; “The Maid” and “A Serious Man”

Best Documentary: “Food, Inc.”; “Good Hair”; “My Neighbor My Killer”; “Paradise”; “Tyson”

Breakthrough Director: Cruz Angeles, “Don’t Let Me Down”; Frazer Bradshaw, Everything Strange and New”; Noah Buschel, “The Missing Person”; Derick Martini, “Lymelife”; and Robert Siegel, “Big Fan”

Breakthrough Actor: Ben Foster, “The Messenger”; Patton Oswalt, “Big Fan”; Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”; Catalina Saavedra, “The Maid” and Soulémane Sy Savané, “Goodbye Solo”

Best Ensemble Performance: “Adventureland”; “Cold Souls”; “The Hurt Locker, “A Serious Man” and “Sugar”

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: “Everything Strange and New”; “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench”; “October Country”; “You Won’t Miss Me”; and “Zero Bridge”

In addition to the competitive awards, “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Stanley Tucci and Natalie Portman and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will be presented with career tributes.

The awards will be held Nov. 30 at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

--Susan King

Photo: "The Hurt Locker"; credit: Summit Entertainment