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December 2, 2013 11:51 AM
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Gotham Awards: Who Will Win and Who Should Win at Tonight's Awards Season Kickoff

Best Breakthrough Performer
The nominees: Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings, Kathryn Hahn in Afternoon Delight, Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station, Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave, Robin Weigert in Concussion

Who will win
NMS: No newcomer this year has more buzz that “12 Years a Slave” favorite Lupita Nyong’o. She’s an undeniable revelation and leaves a lasting impression the Gothams will likely reward.

PK: This category has almost never gone for the Oscar favorite (last year it was Emayatzy Corinealdi over Quvenzhané Wallis), but I just can't decide who could really upset Lupita. So I'll go with her as well, though I'm fully expecting to be surprised.

Who should win
NMS: Kathryn Hahn’s been a working actress for a long while now but in “Afternoon Delight” she's afforded her first lead role and she kills it delivering her most fully realized performance yet, proving she's more than ready for the big leagues.

PK: I loved Hahn too. And everyone in this category, for that matter. But Dane DeHaan was in "Kill Your Darlings" and no one seems to be talking about it. So I'd love if the Gothams helped change that.

Best Breakthrough Director
The nominees: Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station, Adam Leon for Gimme the Loot, Alexandre Moors for Blue Caprice, Stacie Passon for Concussion, Amy Seimetz for Sun Don’t Shine

Who will win
NMS: Although her feature debut “Sun Don’t Shine” was all but ignored by audiences, the Gothams clearly have a soft spot for Renaissance gal Amy Seimetz, also nominated in the Best Actress category for “Upstream Color.” Expect her to win this honor to toast to a stellar year.

PK: I, on the other hand, expect Ryan Coogler.

Who should win
NMS: All newcomers are deserving but Seimetz deserves recognition most for her banner year. Plus “Sun Don’t Shine” is a total knock-out.

PK: I'm going to match your will/should duo and go with Coogler. Though -- and I know this sounds like a cop-out -- I'd be sincerely pleased if any of these folks won.

A musical sequence from "The Act of Killing."

Best Documentary
The nominees: The Act of Killing, The Crash Reel, First Cousin Once Removed, Let the Fire Burn, Our Nixon

What will win
NMS: "The Act of Killing." Considering its competition, I’d be shocked if Joshua Oppenheimer’s staggering debut was overlooked.

PK: I wouldn't be shocked if "First Cousin Once Removed" or "Let The Fire Burn" upset, but I have to say "The Act of Killing" as well.

What should win
NMS: Challenging and brave in ways few docs are, "The Act of Killing" is impossible to ignore and worth championing.

PK: Absolutely agree. I really hope this is the first of many doc awards "The Act of Killing" wins this season.

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3 Comments

  • pink | December 2, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    GLORIA IS FANTASTIC FILM THAT MUST WIN NYFCC FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND ACTRESS ALSO OSCAR IN THOSE CATEGORIES 'CAUSE IS A MASTERPIECE.

  • leyla | December 2, 2013 7:20 PMReply

    PAULINA GARCIA IS WONDERFUL IN GLORIA, HER PERFORMANCE MUST BE REWARD FOR ALL COMING AWARDS LIKE NYFCC, LAFCA AND OSCAR.

  • tania | December 2, 2013 7:19 PMReply

    PAULINA GARCIA IS AMAZING IN GLORIA AND SHE DESERVES THE OSCAR NOD AND NYFCC BEST ACTRESS.