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'Descendants,' 'Beginners' among Gotham Independent Film nominations

October 20, 2011 |  8:10 am

Nominations for the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced
Nominations for the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced Thursday morning in New York, officially heralding the arrival of the movie "award season," which are to conclude in late February with the Oscars. Nominations were announced in six categories:

Best feature: "Beginners," "The Descendants," "Meek's Cutoff," "Take Shelter," "The Tree of Life."

Best documentary: "Better This World," "Bill Cunningham New York," "Hell and Back Again," "The Interrupters" and "The Woodmans."

Breakthrough director: Mike Cahill, "Another Earth"; Sean Durkin, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"; Vera Farmiga, "Higher Ground"; Evan Glodell, "Bellflower"; and Dee Rees, "Pariah."

Breakthrough actor: Felicity Jones, "Like Crazy"; Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Macy May Marlene"; Harmony Santana, "Gun Hill Road"; Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"; and Jacob Wysocki, "Terri." 

Best ensemble performance: "Beginners," "The Descendants," "Margin Call," "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Take Shelter."

Best film not playing at a theater near you: "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same," "Green," "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," "Scenes of a Crime" and "Without"  

Gotham Audience Award: The independent film community and indie film fans will vote for a U.S. movie that has won an audience award at one of the top U.S. or Canadian film festivals from last November through this month. Voting begins today here. The nominations will be announced Nov. 7. 

The awards are sponsored by the Independent Filmmaker Project, which is the oldest and largest U.S. organization of indie filmmakers.

IFP is also presenting a new award, the Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers "Live the Dream" cash grant for an alum of the Independent Filmmaker Lab.  Nominees are Jenny Deller for "Future Weather," Lucy Mulloy for "Una Noche" and Rola Nashef for "Detroit Unleashed."

In addition to the competitive awards, actors Charlize Theron and Gary Oldman, director David Cronenberg and Co-Chair and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment Tom Rothman will receive career tribute awards.

The awards are to be presented Nov. 28 at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Last year's best picture winner was "Winter's Bone," which went on to receive four Oscar nominations, including best picture. The 2009 winner, "The Hurt Locker," took home the best picture Oscar.


Gotham Film Awards gives top prize to 'Winter's Bone'

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-- Susan King

Photo: Zachary Quinto and Penn Badgley in "Margin Call." CreditJojo Whilden / Roadside Attractions

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