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Gotham Awards Announce Nominees

October 18, 2010

Winter's Bone

Winter’s Bone.” “Blue Valentine.” “Black Swan.”

Those are the names of some films you should get used to. I have a feeling you will be hearing a lot about them in the coming months. With today’s announcement of the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the awards season is officially under way. Bone, Valentine and Swan were all nominated for Best Feature. Indie darling “The Kids Are All Right,” starring Annette Benning and Julianne Moore, and the horror remake “Let Me In” round out the nominees.

The Gotham Awards are only concerned with independent films and only give out one individual acting award (for Breakthrough Actor), but they nevertheless help clarify which films will have have a leg up, so to speak, for the awards season. This will be their 20th anniversary, with the awards being handed out on November 29.

The nominees:

Best Feature: “Black Swan,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Let Me In,” “Winter’s Bone.”

Best Documentary: “12th & Delaware,” “Inside Job,” “The Oath,” “Public Speaking,” “Sweet Grass.”

Breakthrough Director: John Wells, “The Company Men”; Kevin Asch, “Holy Rollers”; Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, “I Love You Phillip Morris”; Tanya Hamilton, “Night Catches Us”; Lena Dunham, “Tiny Furniture.”

Breakthrough Actor: Prince Adu in “Prince of Broadway”; Ronald Bronstein, “Daddy Longlegs”; Greta Gerwin, “Greenberg”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”; John Ortiz, “Jack Goes Boating.”

Best Ensemble Performance: “The Kids Are All Right,” “Life During Wartime,” “Please Give,” “Tiny Furniture,” “Winter’s Bone.”

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: “Kati With an I,” “Littlerock,” “On Coal River,” “Summer Pasture,” “The Wolf Knife.”

The organization will also hand out career tributes to Oscar-winning actors Hilary Swank and Robert Duvall, director Darren Aronofsky and Focus Features CEO James Schamus.

For more on “Blue Valentine” (and to watch the trailer), check out my recent article on the film’s star, Michelle Williams.

Winter’s Bone

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