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‘Boyhood’ Leads Gotham Award Nominations, Oscar Isaac Gets Best Actor Nod For ‘A Most Violent Year’

'Boyhood' Leads Gotham Award Nominations, Oscar Isaac Gets Best Actor Nod For 'A Most Violent Year'

It’s the middle of October, and you know what that means: announcements of nominations for year-end awards. In the same way that movie summer now starts in February, more and more organizations shift up their ceremonies in order to make a bigger impact, and the latest of these is the Gotham Awards, which just revealed their nods for this year.

Leaning indie-minded on the whole, this year’s noms are led by a genuine Oscar hopeful, Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood,” which picked up four nominations. “Nightcrawler,” “Under The Skin,” “Dear White People,” and “Birdman” each picked up two nods, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Love Is Strange” are among the Best Feature nominees, and “Foxcatcher” has been awarded a special jury prize for its three lead performances, deservedly so.

Perhaps most interestingly, though the film doesn’t screen for critics until it premieres at AFI in a few weeks, Oscar Isaac picked up a nod for “A Most Violent Year.” Is that good news for its chances in a wider way, or should we be reading into its absence from the Best Feature line-up? To be honest, it’s a cracking list, highlighting many of our favorites over 2014, but unfortunately has little-to-no impact on the Oscar race, although it certainly won’t hurt “Boyhood”‘s cause to get attention this early.

We’ll find out who picks up the prize in a little over a month, on December 1st. Check out the full list of nominees below.

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Love Is Strange

Ira Sachs, director; Lucas Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Under the Skin

Jonathan Glazer, director; Nick Wechsler, James Wilson, producers (A24 Films)

Best Documentary


Robert Greene, director; Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Robert Greene, producers (The Cinema Guild)


Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)

Life Itself

Steve James, director; Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch, producers (Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films)


Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, directors; Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, producers (The Cinema Guild)

Point and Shoot

Marshall Curry, director; Marshall Curry, Elizabeth Martin, Matthew Van Dyke, producers (The Orchard and American Documentary / POV)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Kino Lorber)

James Ward Byrkit for Coherence (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)

Eliza Hittman for It Felt Like Love (Variance Films)

Justin Simien for Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

Best Actor*

Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

Ethan Hawke in Boyhood (IFC Films)

Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year (A24 Films)

Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Miles Teller in Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)

* The 2014 Best Actor nominating panel also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for their ensemble performance in Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics).

Best Actress

Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (IFC Films)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Beyond the Lights (Relativity Media)

Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)

Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin (A24 Films)

Mia Wasikowska in Tracks (The Weinstein Company)

Breakthrough Actor

Riz Ahmed in Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)

Macon Blair in Blue Ruin (RADiUS)

Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood (IFC Films)

Joey King in Wish I Was Here (Focus Features)

Jenny Slate in Obvious Child (A24 Films)

Tessa Thompson in Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

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