The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced the nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Awards, this morning, via Twitter, signaling the kick-off to the film awards season.
While we wait for the official press release, here are the nominees of note, lifted from the IFP Gotham Award's Twitter page.
Awards categories include Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Actor, and Best Actress amongst others.
Of interest to this blog, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Isaiah Washington have both been nominated in the Best Actor category, for 12 Years A Slave and Blue Caprice respectively. I previously told you to watch out for Isaiah Washington during awards season, so that nomination shouldn't be a surprise. He could be a sleeper.
The film's director, Alexandre Moors is also nominated in the Breakthrough Director category.
Also, 12 Years A Slave is nominated in the Best Feature category. That might receive a few frowns, since it's a much higher profile project than its competitors, like Upstream Color, Before Midnight, and Ain't Them Bodies Saints.
In the Best Documentary category, Let the Fire Burn, the Zeitgeist Films release on the black radical group MOVE, is nominated.
For Breakthrough Director, Ryan Coogler is nominated for Fruitvale Station.
And in the Breakthrough Actor category Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan will compete against each other for that award, for their performances in 12 Years A Slave and Fruitvale Station.
The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on December 2nd at Cipriani Wall Street, and will be streamed live at IFP.org.
Congrats to all the nominees!