'Enron,' 'Grizzly,' 'Murdeball' competing for docu prize
The IFP has selected Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” Bennett Miller’s “Capote,” David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence,” Lodge Kerrigan’s “Keane” and Miranda July’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know” to square off for best picture honors at the 15th annual Gotham Awards.Gothams will be held Nov. 30 in New York. Awards — traditionally part of the IFP Market — have segued more recently to a year-end date with more mainstream competitive categories. In the docu section, pics nominated for Gothams will include Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller’s “Ballet Russes,” Alex Gibney’s “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man,” Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro’s “Murderball” and Michael Almereyda’s “William Eggleston in the Real World.” “(This year) was particularly good for films made with creative conviction and a strong point of view,” said IFP exec director Michelle Byrd. “We are especially pleased to have visionary directors working at their peak among our nominees, as well as directors whose work has yet to receive widespread public recognition on our own shores, not to mention several breakthrough actors and directors bursting onto the scene with high hopes about future projects.” Competing this year for the breakthrough director honor will be July and Miller, as well as Phil Morrison (“Junebug”), Andrew Wagner (“The Talent Given Us”) and Alice Wu (“Saving Face”). Thesps up for the breakthrough actor award include Amy Adams (“Junebug”), Camilla Belle (“The Ballad of Jack and Rose”), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Mysterious Skin”), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow”) and Damian Lewis (“Keane”). The casts of the pics “Brokeback Mountain,” “Crash,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Nine Lives” and “The Squid and the Whale” are all up for ensemble awards. Matt Dillon is skedded to receive this year’s Gotham Awards Feature Tribute. Co-chairing the Gothams are HBO docu guru Sheila Nevins and producer Bob Yari.