IFP Announces Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees
12 Years a Slave received three nominations as the IFP announced it’s line-up for the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards. Blue Caprice, Concussion, Fruitvale Station, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Upstream Color each received two nominations.
As the first major awards ceremony of the film season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards provide critical early recognition and media attention to independent films.
Primary criteria for nomination consideration includes that the works be independent American feature length films (US-based or US-born directors and producers) made with a point of view and with an economy of means. Newly added in 2013 are the Best Actor and Best Actress awards, which honor outstanding achievement by actors “in a leading or significant featured role.”
“The Gotham Awards celebrate and showcase the very best of the vibrant, entertaining, challenging, and innovative films presented by our community, and help new audiences discover this vital work. We congratulate this year’s master film artists, talented newcomers, and other nominees representing the rich and diverse spectrum of today’s independent filmmaking,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center.
The 2013 Gotham Independent Film Award nominations are:
Nominees for Best Feature include 12 Years a Slave, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Before Midnight, Inside Llewyn Davis and Upstream Color.
Other Categories include:
Best Documentary (The Act of Killing, The Crash Reel, First Cousin Once Removed, Let the Fire Burn, Our Nixon)
Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave; Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis; Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club; Robert Redford in All Is Lost; and Isaiah Washington in Blue Caprice)
Best Actress (Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine; Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon; Brie Larson in Short Term 12; Amy Seimetz in Upstream Color; Shailene Woodley in The Spectacular Now)
Breakthrough Actor (Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings; Kathryn Hahn in Afternoon Delight; Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station; Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave; Robin Weigert in Concussion)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award (Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station; Adam Leon for Gimme the Loot; Alexandre Moors for Blue Caprice; Stacie Passon for Concussion; Amy Seimetz for Sun Don’t Shine)
Nominees for the Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ Grant include Afia Nathaniel, director, Dukhthar; Gita Pullapilly, director, Beneath the Harvest Sky and Deb Shoval, director, AWOL
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
The 4th Annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award will be voted on by the independent film community. To be eligible, a US film must have won an audience award at one of the top 50 US or Canadian film festivals between December 2012 and October 2013.