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Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” led with four nominations from the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), including for best feature and actor. Greta Gerwig, a New York favorite, received three nominations for “Lady Bird,” including for breakthrough director and best screenplay.

Greta Gerwig/Paula Schwartz photo

The news came this morning from the IFP, which announced their nominees for the 27th Annual IFP Gotham Awards. Other filmmakers recognized include Sean Baker for “The Florida Project” and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name”; both films received three nominations and had their New York premieres at the New York Film Festival. There will also be a well deserved ensemble award going to the superb cast of “Mudbound,” which also recently screened at the NYFF.

From today’s IFP release: “For 2017, ten competitive awards will be presented to independent features and series. In addition to the competitive awards, Gotham Award Tributes will be given to actors Nicole Kidman and Dustin Hoffman, director Sofia Coppola, producer Jason Blum, cinematographer Ed Lachman, and a Gotham Humanitarian Tribute to Al Gore.”

The Gotham Awards is eagerly anticipated since it kicks off the film awards season. As the first major awards ceremony it draws attention to worthy independent films and the filmmakers who starred and contributed to their creation. Also as the press release states, the Gothams ”are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting award recipients prominently into national awards season attention.”

“This year offered a bountiful array of diverse, creative work that represents the very best from this community. We’re thrilled to celebrate these achievements,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center.

Thirty-four films and series received nominations this year. In addition, the nominating committee for the Best Actor and Best Actress categories voted to award a Special Jury Award to the ensemble cast of Mudbound.

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.

 

James Franco/Paula Schwartz photo

The Gotham Audience Award nominees are comprised of the 14 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 17th.  In addition this year, the winner of the Breakthrough Series – Short Form (all available on the web) will be selected by online IFP member voting.

The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, November 27th at Cipriani Wall Street.

The 2017 IFP Gotham Independent Film Award nominations are:

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name
Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Florida Project
Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24)

Get Out
Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jr., Jordan Peele, producers (Universal Pictures)

Good Time
Josh and Benny Safdie, directors; Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Oscar Boyson, producers (A24)

I, Tonya
Craig Gillespie, director; Bryan Unkeless, Steven Rogers, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, producers (NEON)

Best Documentary

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library
Frederick Wiseman, director and producer (Zipporah Films)

Rat Film
Theo Anthony, director; Riel Roch-Decter, Sebastian Pardo, producers (MEMORY and Cinema Guild)

Strong Island
Yance Ford, director; Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes, producers (Netflix)

Whose Streets?
Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, directors; Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, Jennifer MacArthur, Flannery Miller, producers (Magnolia Pictures)

The Work
Jairus McLeary, director;  Alice Henty, Eon McLeary, Jairus McLeary, Miles McLeary, producers (The Orchard and First Look Media)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Maggie Betts for Novitiate (Sony Pictures Classics)
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (A24)
Kogonada for Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Jordan Peele for Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Joshua Z Weinstein for Menashe (A24)

Best Screenplay

The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (Amazon Studios)
Brad’s Status, Mike White (Amazon Studios)
Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory (Sony Pictures Classics)
Columbus, Kogonada (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Get Out, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig (A24)

Best Actor*

 

Adam Sandler/Paula Schwartz photo

Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project (A24)
James Franco in The Disaster Artist (A24)
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Robert Pattinson in Good Time (A24)
Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix)
Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Actress*

Melanie Lynskey in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Netflix)
Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (NEON)
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird (A24)
Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime (FilmRise)

Breakthrough Actor

 

Mary J. Blige, Ensemble and Break Out Actor for Mudbound/Paula Schwartz photo

Mary J. Blige in Mudbound (Netflix)
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats (NEON)
Kelvin Harrison, Jr. in It Comes at Night (A24)
Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project (A24)

* The 2017 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance to Mudbound, The award will go to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.

Breakthrough Series – Long Form

Atlanta, Donald Glover, creator; Donald Glover, Dianne McGunigle, Paul Simms, executive producers (FX Networks)

Better Things, Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K., creators; Dave Becky, M. Blair Breard, Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon, executive producers (FX Networks)

Dear White People, Justin Simien, creator; Yvette Bowser, Justin Simien, Stephanie Allain, Julia Lebedev, executive producers (Netflix)

Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Harry Williams, Jack Williams, executive producers (Amazon)

Search Party, Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter, creators; Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter, Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns,  executive producers (TBS)

Breakthrough Series – Short Form

555, Kate Berlant, Andrew DeYoung and John Early, creators (Vimeo)
Inconceivable, Joel Ashton McCarthy, creator (YouTube)
Junior, Zoe Cassavetes, creator (Blackpills and VICE)
Let Me Die a Nun, Sarah Salovaara, creator (Vimeo)
The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes, Nancy Andrews, creator (YouTube)

(Additional credits to be determined.)

Twenty-eight writers, critics and programmers participated in the nomination process. The Nominating Committees for the 2017 IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards were:

 

Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
IFP members will determine the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award with nominees comprised of the 14 nominated films in the Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award categories.

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
IFP members will determine the winner from among the five nominees for this award by viewing and voting for them online.

All IFP current, active members at the Individual Level and above will be eligible to vote for these audience-determined categories. Voting will take place online from November 17th at 12:01 AM EST and conclude on November 25th at 5:00 PM EST. In addition, IFP will be scheduling screenings 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 10-21.

Sponsors
The Premier Sponsor of the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards is The New York Times, and the Platinum Sponsors are the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Office of Film, Music and Entertainment and Greenslate. Additionally, the awards will be promoted nationally in an eight-page special advertising section in The New York Times in November 2017.

2017 IFP Gotham Awards – Alphabetical List of Nominated Films & Series

555
Breakthrough Series – Short Form

Atlanta
Breakthrough Series – Long Form

Beach Rats
Breakthrough Actor

Better Things
Breakthrough Series – Long Form

 

Kumail Nanjiani as “Kumail” in THE BIG SICK. Photo by Nicole Rivelli.

The Big Sick
Best Screenplay

Brad’s Status
Best Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name
Best Feature
Best Screenplay
Breakthrough Actor

Columbus
Breakthrough Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actress

Dear White People
Breakthrough Series – Long Form

The Disaster Artist
Best Actor

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library
Best Documentary

Fleabag
Breakthrough Series – Long Form

The Florida Project
Best Feature
Best Actor
Breakthrough Actor

Get Out
Best Feature
Breakthrough Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor

Good Time
Best Feature
Best Actor

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Best Actress

I, Tonya
Best Feature
Best Actress

Inconceivable
Breakthrough Series – Short Form

It Comes at Night
Breakthrough Actor

Junior
Breakthrough Series – Short Form

Lady Bird
Breakthrough Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actress

Let Me Die a Nun
Breakthrough Series – Short Form

Lucky
Best Actor

Marjorie Prime
Best Actress

Menashe
Breakthrough Director

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Best Actor

Mudbound
Jury Award Ensemble Performance
Breakthrough Actor

Novitiate
Breakthrough Director

Rat Film
Best Documentary

Search Party
Breakthrough Series – Long Form

The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes
Breakthrough Series – Short Form

Strong Island
Best Documentary

Whose Streets?
Best Documentary

The Work
Best Documentary

 

The Gothams host a great party and the liquor flows freely. Since the Gothams are not televised until more later, nominees and presenters pretty much say anything they want and because it’s so loosely-goosey it’s one of the season’s most fun events to cover and attend.

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