Coming to its seventeenth anniversary in paying tribute to the innovative films and filmmakers, Independent Feature Project (IFP) came Monday morning (Oct 22) with the announcement of its 2007 Gotham Awards nominees, giving road movie "Into the Wild" and drama comedy "Margot at the Wedding" two nods each.
Both features delightfully land slot in Best Feature alongside the likes of Not "The Namesake", and "Great World of Sound", which leads the pack with three nominations, the other two being those of Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Kene Holliday. It is the latter category that "Wild" also scores in for Emile Hirsch, who will be up against Ellen Page of "Juno", Jess Weixler of "Teeth", and Luisa Williams of "Day Night Day Night" besides Holliday.
"Margot", in the meantime, gets its other nomination in Best Ensemble Cast, alongside "The Savages", "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead", "The Last Winter", and "Talk to Me." Other notable titles taking a nod include "Sicko" for Best Documentary and "Seraphim Falls" that manages to have its maker David Von Ancken in the Breakthrough Director lot.
"2007 was an incredibly strong year for independent film," IFP executive director Michelle Byrd commented. "Ranging from the small gems produced on micro-budgets to extraordinary films from specialty divisions, the nominees all share the type of creative vision and risk-taking that are a hallmark of independent film."
Awards will be given out on November 27, 2007 at Steiner Studios in New York, chosen to mark the city's growth in film production. For complete lineup of nominees, please take a look at the organization's official site on Ifp.org.