Nominations for the Indie Film's Gotham Awards… Let the Oscar Buzz Begin!

The nominees for the 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards™ which will take place on Tuesday, December 2nd at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street, have been announced. It also announced the new name for the awards, making the subtle shift from the Gotham Awards to the Gotham Independent Film Awards™. Presented by IFP, the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, the Gotham Independent Film Awards™ is one of the leading awards for independent film and the first major honors of the film awards season. Many look at it to be the start of the Oscar race. Best Feature Ballast Lance Hammer, director; Lance Hammer, Nina Parikh, producers (Alluvial Film Company) Frozen River Courtney Hunt, director; Heather Rae, Chip Hourihan, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) Synecdoche, New York Charlie Kaufman, director; Anthony Bregman, Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Sidney Kimmel, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) The Visitor Tom McCarthy, director; Mary Jane Skalski, Michael London, producers (Overture Films) (no trailer available yet) The Wrestler Darren Aronofsky, director; Scott Franklin, Darren Aronofsky, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Best Documentary Chris & Don: A Love Story Guido Santi & Tina Mascara, directors; Julia Scott, Tina Mascara, Guido Santi, James White, producers (Zeitgeist Films) Encounters at the End of the World Werner Herzog, director; Henry Kaiser, producer (THINKFilm / Image Entertainment) Man on Wire James Marsh, director; Simon Chinn, producer (Magnolia Pictures) Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Marina Zenovich, director; Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Lila Yacoub, Marina Zenovich, producers (THINKFilm in association with HBO Documentaries) Trouble the Water Tia Lessin & Carl Deal, producers/directors (Zeitgeist Films) Best Ensemble Performance Ballast Micheal J. Smith, Sr., Jim Myron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail (Alluvial Film Company) Rachel Getting Married Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe, Mather Zickel, Anna Deavere Smith, Anisa George, Debra Winger (Sony Pictures Classics) Synecdoche, New York Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan (Sony Pictures Classics) Vicky Cristina Barcelona Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz (The Weinstein Company) The Visitor Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbas, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira (Overture Films) Breakthrough Director Antonio Campos for Afterschool Dennis Dortch for A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy (Magnolia Pictures) Lance Hammer for Ballast (Alluvial Film Company) Barry Jenkins for Medicine for Melancholy (IFC Films) Alex Rivera for Sleep Dealer (Maya Releasing) Breakthrough Actor Pedro Castaneda in August Evening (Maya Releasing) Rosemarie DeWitt in Rachel Getting Married (Sony Pictures Classics) Rebecca Hall in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company) Melissa Leo in Frozen River (Sony Pictures Classics) Alejandro Polanco in Chop Shop (Koch Lorber Films) Micheal J. Smith, Sr. in Ballast (Alluvial Film Company)

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