“Get Out” has a leading four nominations at the 27th Annual Gotham Awards with Jordan Peele reaping twin bids for writing and directing this winter sleeper hit. These kudos to the best in indie cinema will presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project on Monday, Nov. 27 at Cipriani Wall Street.
“Get Out” contends for Best Feature as do two other strong Oscar contenders — Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” and Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” — as well as Josh and Bennie Safdie’s “Good Time” and Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.” This award has previewed the Oscar Best Picture winner for the past three years running.
While Oscar hopefuls “Lady Bird” and “Mudbound” were snubbed in the Best Feature race, each of these acclaimed films merited mention elsewhere. Greta Gerwig contends for her both her direction and writing of “Lady Bird” while the cast of “Mudbound” will be feted with a special award and Mary J. Blige vies for her breakthrough performance.
“Get Out” leading man Daniel Kaluuya is nominated for Best Actor as is Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) who is a frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. Also in the running for this Gotham Award, which does not distinguish between leading and featured roles, are James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”); Robert Pattinson (“Good Time”); Adam Sandler (“The Meyerowitz Stories”); and Harry Dean Stanton (“Lucky”).
“Lady Bird” leading lady Saoirse Ronan reaped a Best Actress bid as did Melanie Lynskey (“I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore”), Haley Lu Richardson (“Columbus”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Lois Smith (“Marjorie Prime”).
Nominees were chosen by committees of film critics and journalists, festival programmers and film curators. The winners will be determined by juries of filmmaking professionals including writers, directors, actors, producers and more.
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