Monday, October 20, 2008

"Ballast" Leads Gotham Nominees


The nominations for the 18th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards have been announced. They are:

Best Feature
Ballast
Frozen River
Synecdoche, New York
The Visitor
The Wrestler

Best Documentary:
Chris & Don: A Love Story
Encounters at the End of the World
Man on Wire
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Trouble the Water

Best Ensemble Performance
Ballast
Micheal J. Smith, Sr., JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail (Alluvial Film Company)
Rachel Getting Married
Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe, Mather Zickel, Anna Deavere Smith, Anisa George, Debra Winger (Sony Pictures Classics)
Synecdoche, New York
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan (Sony Pictures Classics)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz (The Weinstein Company)
The Visitor
Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbas, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira (Overture Films)

Breakthrough Director
Antonio Campos for Afterschool
Dennis Dortch for A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy (Magnolia Pictures)
Lance Hammer for Ballast (Alluvial Film Company)
Barry Jenkins for Medicine for Melancholy (IFC Films)
Alex Rivera for Sleep Dealer (Maya Releasing)

Breakthrough Actor

Pedro Castaneda in August Evening (Maya Releasing)
Rosemarie DeWitt in Rachel Getting Married (Sony Pictures Classics)
Rebecca Hall in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company)
Melissa Leo in Frozen River (Sony Pictures Classics)
Alejandro Polanco in Chop Shop (Koch Lorber Films)
Micheal J. Smith, Sr. in Ballast (Alluvial Film Company)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Afterschool
Meadowlark
The New Year Parade
Sita Sings the Blues
Wellness

Source: Awards Daily

5 comments:

nick plowman said...

Ha! I haven’t seen most of those….lol, ahem, any of those…

Matthew Lucas said...

I haven't seen most of them yet...but have you not seen THE VISITOR or CHOP SHOP yet?

Craig Kennedy said...

I'm not as keen on Visitor or Frozen River as some, but they're decent choices.

I hope Synecdoche and Wrestler pay off.

Ballast was great. And I loved Man on Wire. Also happy to see a little loving for VCB and RGM plus Chop Shop and Medicine for Melancholy.

Matthew Lucas said...

Hopefully more of these will be opening in my neck of the woods soon. The only ones I've seen are:

THE VISITOR
CHOP SHOP
MAN ON WIRE
VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

There's an upcoming press screening of RACHEL GETTING MARRIED...but it's in a city 2.5 hours away at 11 AM, and I have class at 2...so I doubt I'll make it.

Sam Juliano said...

I have my fingers crossed but I'm pretty confident you will come in with a favorable review on RACHEL.