From the Gothams to the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Oscars? That’s how the Gotham jury’s ensemble award for “Spotlight” (November 6) could play out. Critics already love this acting tour-de-force; moviegoers and awards voters are sure to follow. The cast has opted to campaign in supporting categories for the Oscars (and there are no supporting categories at the Gothams). “Spotlight” got the biggest boost from the Gotham nominations (full list here), also scoring Best Feature and Screenplay nominations.
Who else came out ahead, and will there be Oscar overlap? Not that much. Gotham winners could build momentum in certain races when they are announced on November 30. The real impact on Gotham nominee leaders “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and “Tangerine,” which are both small-scale indies that did not lure moviegoers to the box office, will be on the Indie Spirit Awards. Film Independent will reveal those nominations on Tuesday November 24. (The show will air live on 2016 on IFC on February 27, 2016, live at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET.)
Another Best Feature nominee sure to factor in the Oscar race is Todd Haynes’ “Carol” (TWC); which also nabbed screenplay and a Best Actress nomination for Oscar perennial Cate Blanchett. Left off the Feature list was Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” (A24) which had to settle for Best Actress Brie Larson, who is surging in the Oscar race. And getting a needed boost was SPC’s “Grandma” star Lily Tomlin, whose best shot is for a Golden Globe comedy nomination.
“Love & Mercy” grabbed noms for Best Actor Paul Dano, who is campaigning in the Supporting Actor category for the Oscars, as well as Screenplay, which could move the movie up in Academy voter screener piles. That’s a the best thing about these nominees, thoughtfully culled by critics like IW’s own Eric Kohn. Bringing more attention to both critics and year-end awards groups so that they will check these movies out.
On the doc side, the DOC NYC Shortlist’s “Cartel Land” and “The Look of Silence” nabbed nominations, along with Laurie Anderson’s fest fave “Heart of a Dog,” which is likely to play better for critics than for the Academy doc branch, and “Listen to Me Marlon,” which could use the attention. A24’s “Amy” may have been considered too much of a frontrunner for this jury.