‘Winter’s Bone’ leads the way with Gotham Award nominees

Posted by · 10:08 am · October 18th, 2010

The nominees for the 20th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced this morning by Elvis Mitchell via live stream and we get a lot of what we’d expect.  Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone” received three nominations, including Best Feature, while Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right” received two.  Those were the list-toppers.

Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” received one nomination, for Best Feature.  The director is also getting an honorary award, however, as previously announced.

The biggest surprise for me is “Let Me In” nailing down a Best Feature nomination.  I was happy to see Glenn Ficarra and John Requa nail down a Breakthrough Director nomination for the delightful “I Love You Phillip Morris,” and I also caught “The Company Men” last week (the same day as Ficarra and Requa’s film, actually).  It’s a tight piece of work and it’s nice to see John Wells spotlighted in that category, too.

Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.

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”

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

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

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

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
“Kati with an i”
“On Coal River”
“Summer Pasture”
“The Wolf Knife”

Honorary Awards
Darren Aronofsky
Hilary Swank
Robert Duvall

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  • 1 10-18-2010 at 10:20 am

    Pete said...

    “Let Me In”


  • 2 10-18-2010 at 10:22 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    John Ortiz is a breakthrough actor? Hasn’t this guy been putting in good work for years now?

    Maybe I should check out Tiny Furniture…..

  • 3 10-18-2010 at 10:25 am

    Graysmith said...


    Hard to argue with those Best Feature nominees in terms of acclaim, although Let Me In seems like the odd one out. Why not Get Low instead?

    And yay for Greta Gerwig getting a mention for Greenberg, especially since she’s sadly unlikely to get that many more (Indie Spirits and that’s it, maybe?).

    Oh, and interesting seeing John Wells’ name pop up for Breakthrough Director.. What the word on The Company Men? I haven’t heard a single thing about it, but this nomination ought to be a good sign.

  • 4 10-18-2010 at 10:46 am

    Angry Shark said...

    Greta! Greta! Greta! yaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

  • 5 10-18-2010 at 10:59 am

    Rob said...

    “Hard to argue with those Best Feature nominees in terms of acclaim, although Let Me In seems like the odd one out. Why not Get Low instead?”

    Because Get Low sucks and Let Me In is really good?

  • 6 10-18-2010 at 11:01 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    I liked Get Low more than Let Me In. At least it wasn’t a scene for scene remake of another, better film.

  • 7 10-18-2010 at 11:29 am

    Michael said...

    Yeah! Let Me In being nominated makes me so happy, that is one of my favorite films of the year and I think it is much better than the original! I am also happy about Greta Gerwig, I know it is a pipe dream to wish that she would get more recognition later on in the season but it is good to hope.

  • 8 10-18-2010 at 12:34 pm

    JJ1 said...

    So happy for those 5 films; especially Let Me In, woo hoo.

  • 9 10-18-2010 at 12:43 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I sense “Winter’s Bone” will easily take the top prize here, furthering the parallels to “Frozen River” two years ago. I think those Actress and Adapted Screenplay nods are good to go at this point — now it just has to shoot for the ten.

    I realize it hasn’t been the best of years for US independent film, but that nod for “Let Me In” is barrel-scraping stuff. “Greenberg” is more deserving.

  • 10 10-18-2010 at 1:31 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Well ……. bottom of the barrel for Let Me In is a tad unfounded since it’s north of 80 on BFCA, Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic.

    And as for Winter’s Bone winning, it very well may. But I found it to be one of the slowest, emptiest films I’ve seen all year. Again, I don’t disagree that it will win, though.

  • 11 10-18-2010 at 1:47 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Sort of off-topic: I just saw Winter’s Bone and I have to say I’m not sure Jennifer Lawrence is such a shoe-in for a nomination. Not because she’s not good in it, but it’s just such a low-key performance. Even when she’s crying it’s still low-key, and there aren’t very many “Oscar drama” scenes in it either. Not that it should have them, but it’s just not really an Oscar-y type of performance.

    Of course, Melissa Leo got nominated for the similar-vibe Frozen River, but this year is just fierce for Best Actress. Most years you’re lucky if there’s one or maybe two outside of the top five that stood a chance, this year it’s more like 4-5 performances.

    I’m still predicting her, but I can’t say I’m as confident as I was sight unseen.

    In other news, John Hawkes is just as deserving of a nomination. I can only hope a smart and successful campaign for the film can help pull him along, especially with such a weak category this year.

  • 12 10-18-2010 at 9:59 pm

    Angry Shark said...

    Man, it would be so cool to see Hawkes get a nomination. But Roadside SHOULD already be doing ads for him, before the supporting actor race coalesces into a group of seven or eight that Hawkes is not a part of. Sony knows what’s goin’ on, and they’re positioning Jacki Weaver already.

  • 13 10-19-2010 at 4:16 pm

    ALEXIA said...

    I really hope John Hawkes becomes the Jackie Earle Haley (06) / William Hurt (05) of this season. WINTER’S BONE could very well make 3 nominations: Actress, Supporting Actor and adapted screenplay. I think screenplay is safe, and actress is a dark horse, but I have the feeling it will happen, every year has a newcomer and Lawrence has everything in the bag to become it: young, hot, star in indie movie, acclaim… i’m sure she’ll take the Gotham and then some critic awards (NBR for Breakthrough, for example) and maybe the Independent Spirit award (if Annette doesn’t take it).

  • 14 10-23-2010 at 8:06 pm

    Carlo said...

    Awesome choices for the top five!