Films by distaff helmers were a notably strong presence on the list of nominations for the Gotham Independent Film Awards, with Debra Granik’s Ozark-set drama “Winter’s Bone” leading the pack with three noms.
Focus Features’ “The Kids Are All Right,” helmed by Lisa Cholodenko, and IFC Film’s “Tiny Furniture,” directed by Lena Dunham, scored two nods apiece.
Roadside Attractions’ “Winter’s Bone,” which preemed at Sundance this year, also picked up noms in the breakthrough actor category (for Jennifer Lawrence) and for ensemble perf — the same trio of noms nabbed by last year’s female-helmed feature winner, Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker.”
“Kids” will vie with “Winter’s Bone,” “Black Swan,” “Let Me In” and “Blue Valentine” for the feature prize. Both “Kids” and “Furniture” join “Winter’s Bone” in the ensemble perf category, with “Furniture” helmer Dunham among the nominees for breakthrough director.
Contenders for the docu trophy include Sony Pictures Classic’s “Inside Job,” and, from HBO Documentary Films, Martin Scorsese’s “Public Speaking,” along with “12th and Delaware,” “The Oath” and “Sweetgrass.”
TV and film producer John Wells is among the nominees for breakthrough director for his helming of the Weinstein Co.’s “The Company Men.” The category also includes Dunham, Kevin Asch (“Holy Rollers”), Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“I Love You Philip Morris”) and Tanya Hamilton (“Night Catches Us”).
IFP’s annual indie film kudo event, now in its 20th year, will see the announcement of winners in six competitive categories, including one for films that have not yet found distribution, under the banner Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.
This year’s Gothams also will include the first Festival Genius Audience Award, voted on by the users of online fest program guide service Festival Genius.
Nominees were selected by multiple teams of journos and curators.
The ceremony, set for Nov. 29, will feature tributes to Robert Duvall, Hilary Swank, Darren Aronofsky and Focus Features’ James Schamus.