//’12 Years a Slave’ Leads 2013 Gotham Award Nominations

’12 Years a Slave’ Leads 2013 Gotham Award Nominations

Upstream Color - 2013 Gotham Award Nominations
Shane Caruth’s film Upstream Color earned 2 Gotham Award nominations.

And we’re off.

The first official precursor award of the lengthy Oscar season has kicked off with the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Award Nominations. The stated mission of the Gotham Awards is to “honor the filmmaking community, expand the audience for independent films, and support the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.”

The Gotham Award nominees rarely line up with the Oscars, but this year it wouldn’t be unsurprising if they looked quite similar in some categories. For instance, Best Actor includes four actors that are strong contenders for an Academy Award nomination including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, and Robert Redford. The Gotham Awards get the edge over the Oscars for recognizing bold efforts like Upstream Color or Short Term 12 that are not likely to see many more awards from here on out.

12 Years a Slave predictably takes an early lead in the precursor race with three nominations. Several films earned two nominations including Inside Llewyn Davis, Upstream Color, Concussion, and Fruitvale Station.

Check out the full list of nominees below and share your thoughts in the comments!

2013 Gotham Award Nominations

Best Feature

12 Years a Slave
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Before Midnight
Inside Llewyn Davis
Upstream Color

Best Documentary

The Act of Killing
The Crash Reel
First Cousin Once Removed
Let the Fire Burn
Our Nixon

Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All is Lost
Isaiah Washington, Blue Caprice

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Scarlett Johansson, Don Jon
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director

Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
Adam Leon, Gimme the Loot
Alexandre Moors, Blue Caprice
Stacie Passon, Concussion
Amy Seimetz, Sun Don’t Shine

Breakthrough Actor

Dane DeHaan, Kill Your Darlings
Kathryn Hahn, Afternoon Delight
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Lupita N’yongo, 12 Years a Slave
Robin Weigert, Concussion

Stay tuned for more precursor awards coverage throughout the season on Film Misery!

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