On Monday, October 19, the Independent Filmmaker Project has announced the nominees for the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, unraveling the dominance of "The Hurt Locker" and "Big Fan". Both feature films received the most nominations with three gongs each, and will battle it out in two categories, Best Feature and Breakthrough Actor.
In the Best Feature category, the two are up against Cherien Dabis' "Amreeka", Sebastian Silva's "The Maid" and the Coen brothers' "A Serious Man". As for the actor title, "Hurt Locker" enlisted Jeremy Renner and "Big Fan" put Patton Oswalt in competition with Ben Foster, Catalina Saavedra and Soulemane Sy Savane.
The third nod "Hurt Locker" collected is for Best Ensemble Performance, placing it to compete against "Adventureland" and "Cold Souls" among other movies. Meanwhile, "Big Fan" lands its third nomination for its director Robert Siegel. In the particular category, Siegel is listed against Cruz Angeles, Frazer Bradshaw, Noah Buschel and Derick Martini.
The announcement of the nominees was delivered by A.O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times, on UStream TV. IFP's executive director Michelle Byrd said of the selected movies, "Independent cinema continues to thrive in 2009. Ranging from the small gems produced on micro-budgets to extraordinary films from specialty distributors, the nominees all share the type of creative vision and risk-taking that are a hallmark of independent film."
All nominated movies will be screened for the public at MoMA from November 19 to 22, while the winners of 2009 Gotham Awards will be announced on November 30 at Cipriani Wall Street. During the gala ceremony, director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Stanley Tucci and Natalie Portman, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will be presented with career tributes.
Nominees of the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards: