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Previewing the Gotham Award Nominations: Which Films Will Make The Cut Thursday?

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 15, 2012 at 10:31AM

On Thursday, the nominations for the 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards will act as the first major moment of the 2012-13 awards season, with nominations being announced for seven competitive categories.
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Jacki Weaver Bradley Cooper Chris Tucker Silver Linings Playbook

Best Feature:
Predicted five:
Beasts of the Southern Wild (FILM PAGE)
The Master (FILM PAGE)
Moonrise Kingdom (FILM PAGE)
The Sessions (FILM PAGE)
Silver Linings Playbook (FILM PAGE)

But watch out for:
Bernie (FILM PAGE)
Compliance (FILM PAGE)
Damsels in Distress (FILM PAGE)
Hitchcock (FILM PAGE)
Sleepwalk With Me (FILM PAGE)

Best Documentary:
Predicted five:
The Central Park Five (FILM PAGE)
Detropia (FILM PAGE)
The House I Live In (FILM PAGE)

How To Survive a Plague (FILM PAGE)
The Invisible War (FILM PAGE)

But watch out for:
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (FILM PAGE)
Bully (FILM PAGE)
The Queen of Versailles (FILM PAGE)
Tchoupitoulas (FILM PAGE)
West of Memphis (FILM PAGE)

Best Cast Ensemble:
The predicted five:
Bernie
Hitchcock
Moonrise Kingdom
Smashed (FILM PAGE)
Silver Linings Playbook

But watch out for:
Damsels in Distress
The Master
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (FILM PAGE)
The Sessions
Your Sister's Sister (FILM PAGE)

Best Breakthrough Director:
The predicted five:
Mike Birbigilia, Sleepwalk With Me
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Ana DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere (FILM PAGE)

Ben Lewin, The Sessions
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

But watch out for:
David Chase, Not Fade Away (his first film, but hardly a breakthrough) (FILM PAGE)
Sacha Gervasi, Hitchcock (his first narrative feature, but has done docs) 
Nicolas Jarecki, Arbitrage (his first narrative feature, but has done docs) (FILM PAGE)
Jake Schreier, Robot and Frank (FILM PAGE)
Colin Trevorrow, Safety Not Guaranteed (FILM PAGE)

Best Breakthrough Performance:
The predicted five:
Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere 
John Magaro, Not Fade Away
Nate Parker, Arbitrage
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

But watch out for:
Jared Gilman, Moonrise Kingdom
Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Thure Lindhardt, Keep The Lights On (FILM PAGE)
Dreama Walker, Compliance

Peter Knegt is Indiewire's Senior Editor and awards analyst. Follow him on Twitter and on his blog.

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