Gordon Cox | Variety
“Get Out,” writer-director Jordan Peele’s surprise smash of a scary movie, led the pack of nominations for the 2017 Gotham Awards, Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual ceremony honoring indie film.
“Get Out” scored a nod for best feature, along with nominations for breakthrough director, best screenplay, and best actor (Daniel Kaluuya). Other nominees for the top feature award were Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Good Time,” and Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.”
Nominated titles to score three nods apiece included Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (breakthrough director and best screenplay for Gerwig, plus an acting nom for Saoirse Ronan);”Call Me by Your Name” (feature, screenplay, and breakthrough actor for Timothee Chalamet); Kogonada’s “Columbus” (director, screenplay, and actress Haley Lu Richardson), and “The Florida Project” (feature, actor for Willem Dafoe, and breakthrough actor for Brooklynn Prince).
Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” earned a breakthrough actor nominations for Mary J. Blige, and was also voted to receive a special Gotham jury award for ensemble performance from a cast that included Blige, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.
The nominations arrive as the entertainment industry grapples with issues of sexual harassment and abuse following revelations about Harvey Weinstein, one of the major players who made independent film what it is today. How those issues will be addressed or acknowledged during the 2017 ceremony, to be hosted by John Cameron Mitchell on Nov. 27, remains to be seen.
IFP’s 27th annual Gotham Awards will also present tributes to Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Coppola, Jason Blum, cinematographer Ed Lachman, and Al Gore.
The complete list of competitive nominations follows.
Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Florida Project (A24)
Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Good Time (A24)
I, Tonya (NEON/30WEST)
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library (Zipporah Films)
Rat Film (MEMORY and Cinema Guild)
Strong Island (Netflix)
Whose Streets? (Magnolia Pictures)
The Work (The Orchard and First Look Media)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Maggie Betts for Novitiate (Sony Pictures Classics)
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (A24)
Kogonada for Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Jordan Peele for Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Joshua Z Weinstein for Menashe (A24)
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (Amazon Studios)
Brad’s Status, Mike White (Amazon Studios)
Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory (Sony Pictures Classics)
Columbus, Kogonada (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Get Out, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig (A24)
Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project (A24)
James Franco in The Disaster Artist (A24)
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Robert Pattinson in Good Time (A24)
Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix)
Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky (Magnolia Pictures)
Melanie Lynskey in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Netflix)
Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (NEON/30WEST)
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird (A24)
Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime (FilmRise)
Mary J. Blige in Mudbound (Netflix)
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats (NEON)
Kelvin Harrison, Jr. in It Comes at Night (A24)
Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project (A24)
* The 2017 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance to Mudbound, The award will go to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.
Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Atlanta (FX Networks)
Better Things (FX Networks)
Dear White People (Netflix)
Search Party (TBS)
Breakthrough Series – Short Form
Junior (Blackpills and VICE)
Let Me Die a Nun, (Vimeo)
The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (YouTube)