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by Peter Knegt
October 18, 2012 9:58 AM
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Gotham Awards Announce 2012 Nominations

Best Feature

Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Ginger Sledge, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer, Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Judd Payne, Dete Meserve, producers (Millennium Entertainment)

The Loneliest Planet
Julia Loktev, director; Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Helge Albers, Marie Therese Guirgis, producers (Sundance Selects)

The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson, director; Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, producers (The Weinstein Company)

Middle of Nowhere
Ava DuVernay, director; Howard Barish, Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, producers (AFFRM and Participant Media)

Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, producers (Focus Features)

Best Documentary

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors; Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Craig Atkinson, producers (Loki Films)

How to Survive a Plague
David France, director; Howard Gertler, David France, producers (Sundance Selects)

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
Matthew Akers, director; Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff, producers (HBO Documentary Films and Music Box Films)

Room 237
Rodney Ascher, director; Tim Kirk, producer (IFC Midnight)

The Waiting Room
Peter Nicks, director; Peter Nicks, Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch, producers (International Film Circuit)

Best Ensemble Performance

Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey (Millennium Entertainment)

Moonrise Kingdom
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban (Focus Features)

Safety Not Guaranteed
Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, Mary Lynn Rajskub (Film District)

Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher (The Weinstein Company)

Your Sister’s Sister
Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass (IFC Films)

Breakthrough Director

Zal Batmanglij for Sound of My Voice (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky for Francine (Factory 25 and The Film Sales Company)

Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin for Now, Forager (Argot Pictures)

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

Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Breakthrough Actor

Mike Birbiglia in Sleepwalk with Me (IFC Films)

Emayatzy Corinealdi in Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM and Participant Media)

Thure Lindhardt in Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films)

Melanie Lynskey in Hello, I Must Be Going (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

David Zellner, director; Nathan Zellner, Producer

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Terence Nance, director; Terence Nance, Andrew Corkin, James Bartlett, producers

Red Flag
Alex Karpovsky, director; Alex Karpovsky, Michael Bowes, producers

Sun Don’t Shine
Amy Seimetz, director; Kim Sherman, Amy Seimetz, producers

Tiger Tail in Blue
Frank V. Ross, director; Adam Donaghey, Drew Durepos, producers

Also, for the second consecutive year, IFP is proud present the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant, a $25,000 cash award for an alumna of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs. This grant aims to further the careers of emerging women directors by supporting the completion, distribution and audience engagement strategies of their first feature film.

The nominees are:

Leah Meyerhoff, director, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS

Stacie Passon, director, CONCUSSION

Visra Vichit Vadakan, KARAOKE GIRL


  • shelly | October 19, 2012 1:33 PMReply

    Nothing is lamer than the crappy non-acting of Mark Duplass getting recognized twice?!? What has happened to the IFP? Do you just want to hang out with someone you think is cool?
    At least they got not naming Beasts for Best picture right. Racist claptrap propaganda that has as much subtlety as Little Miss Sunshine.

  • Drew | October 19, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    I find it interesting that you're so butthurt about the latest indie-boy-wonder losing out on a best film nom, you feel the need to basically *blame* it on Karina Longworth, as if her mixed feelings about the film could be the only possible explanation. She was one of *five* judges - do you think she was the only one who didn't rate Beasts so highly?; moreover, did it ever occur to you that The Loneliest Planet might be a better film?* SACRILEGE, I know; but given its critic's average for festival screenings (Locarno, Toronto, Telluride, New York) is A-, and the fact it won Best Film at AFI, perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to write it off? Particularly as it hasn't even opened in theaters yet. *(I wonder if you've even seen it, Peter?)

  • Howser | October 19, 2012 8:36 AMReply

    I'll never understand the snub for the Sessions or Beasts and I've long stopped reading Longworth's reviews

  • Faith | October 18, 2012 3:06 PMReply

    On what crack is Melanie Lynskey a "breakthrough" actor? Unless they time traveled back nearly two decades... She had a prominent supporting role in "Win/Win" JUST LAST YEAR! No matter, Quvenzhane's got that one in the bag.

  • Rich | October 18, 2012 11:52 AMReply

    No "Beasts" for Best Feature or Nick Jarecki for Breakout Director for "Arbitrage"?? "The Loneliest Planet"?? Are you kidding - it was like watching paint dry.

  • Dizzy | October 18, 2012 12:50 PM

    Beasts was like watching a Levi's ad. The Loneliest Planet is true cinematic art; sorry you don't get it.