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Quevenzhané Wallis Beasts Her Way Into a Gotham Award Nomination

October 18, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The awards season has officially begun. With today’s announcement of the nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Awards, we are off and running. The film that’s currently atop my Best of 2012 list, Beasts of the Southern Wild, was passed over for Best Feature, which is a bit heart-breaking, but did pick up nominations for Quevenzhané Wallis (Breakthrough Actor) and Benh Zeitlin (Breakthrough Director). Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere also picked up two nominations, including one for Best Feature and one for Emayatzy Corinealdi (Breakthrough Actor). Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Richard Linklater’s Bernie also picked up two nominations each.

Presenting a very short list of categories – only 6 in total – the awards will be presented November 26 at Cipriani in New York City. The complete list is below.

Best Feature
“The Loneliest Planet”
“The Master”
“Middle of Nowhere”
“Moonrise Kingdom”

Best Documentary
“How to Survive a Plague”
“Marina Abramavi?: The Artist is Present”
“Room 237”
“The Waiting Room”

Best Ensemble Performance
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Safety Not Guaranteed”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Your Sister’s Sister”

Breakthrough Director
Antonio Méndez Esparza, “Aquí y Allá (Here and There)”
Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Brian M. Cassidey, Melanie Shatzky, “Francine”
Jason Corlund, Julia Halperin, “Now, Forager”
Zal Batmanglij, “Sound of My Voice”

Breakthrough Actor
Mike Birbiglia, “Sleepwalk with Me”
Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere”
Thure Lindhardt, “Keep the Lights On”
Melanie Lynskey, “Hello, I Must Be Going”
Quevenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
“An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”
“Red Flag”
“Sun Don’t Shine”
“Tiger Tall in Blue”



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