Nominees Announced for the Gotham Independent Film Awards

Awards season is in full swing, and on the whole, I don’t really care. However, there are awards besides the biggies. While you don’t have to be the Oscars to be highly, cripplingly politicized, the smaller, lesser-known organizations giving out accolades can generally be trusted to reward quality better than the Academy. Take, for instance, the Gotham Independent Film Awards. They’re part of the Independent Filmmaker Project, the oldest collective of indie filmmakers in America, and their picks for recognition speak to their sincerity. All of the films nominated are good to great, with a few, such as Beasts of the Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Master, among the best of the year. The awards will be given out November 26th. See all the categories listed below.

Best Feature


The Loneliest Planet

The Master

Middle of Nowhere

Moonrise Kingdom

Best Documentary


How to Survive a Plague

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

Room 237

The Waiting Room

Best Ensemble Performance


Moonrise Kingdom

Safety Not Guaranteed

Silver Linings Playbook

Your Sister’s Sister

Breakthrough Director

Zal Batmanglij for Sound of My Voice

Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky for Francine

Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin for Now, Forager

Antonio Méndez Esparza for Aquí y Allá (Here and There)

Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

Breakthrough Actor

Mike Birbiglia in Sleepwalk with Me

Emayatzy Corinealdi in Middle of Nowhere

Thure Lindhardt in Keep the Lights On

Melanie Lynskey in Hello, I Must Be Going

Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You


An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Red Flag

Sun Don’t Shine

Tiger Tail in Blue


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