Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Gotham Award Nominees

They're kind of like the Independent Spirit Awards... Only well... I don't really know their criteria. Seems to be the East Coast version. It seems very narrowly focused. But still and all... a respectable list. Other than the little problem of it being announced in October, before some 2005 features have even wrapped (Even earlier than NBR which is having lots of problems right now.)

The big winner this year? MATT DILLON who gets the full tribute which could help his Supporting Actor bid for Crash. The exposure from last year's Gotham Awards certainly didn't hurt eventual Oscar nominees Mike Leigh, Catalina Sandino Moreno, or Don Cheadle, did it? None of them were "locked" by the time in which Gotham made their announcements and handed out their winners last year. So, score one for Lions Gate and its agressive Crashcampaign.

But let's get to it. "And the nominees are..."

Best Feature
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - Ang Lee
CAPOTE -Bennett Miller
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE -David Cronenberg
KEANE -Lodge Kerrigan
ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW -Miranda July

Best Documentary
BALLET RUSSES - Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller
ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM - Directed by Alex Gibney
GRIZZLY MAN Werner Herzog
MURDERBALL Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro
WILLIAM EGGLESTON IN THE REAL WORLD Michael Almereyda

Breakthrough Director
Miranda July for ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW
Bennett Miller for CAPOTE
Phil Morrison for JUNEBUG
Andrew Wagner for THE TALENT GIVEN US
Alice Wu for SAVING FACE

Breakthrough Actor
Amy Adams as "Ashley" in JUNEBUG
Camilla Belle as "Rose Slavin" in THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as "Neil" in MYSTERIOUS SKIN
Terrence Howard as "DJay" in HUSTLE & FLOW
Damian Lewis as "William Keane" in KEANE

Best Ensemble Cast
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Linda Cardellini, Randy Quaid, Anna Faris
CRASH - Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Dashon Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate, Nona Gaye, Michael Pena
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK - David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella
NINE LIVES - Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Elpidia Carrillo, Glenn Close. Stephen Dillane, Dakota Fanning, William Fichtner, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Holly Hunter, Jason Isaacs, Joe Mantegna, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Mary Kay Place, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Aidan Quinn, Miguel Sandoval, Amanda Seyfried, Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE -(pictured) Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline

As usual with "ensemble" awards I have issues with who is listed as being a part of the nomination. Why no Matt Ross in Goodnight and Good Luck? The same thing happened to him with the SAG nom for The Aviator even though he has more than ample screen time in both features. Why no Billy Baldwin for Squid and the Whale? And Crash leaves out Loretta Devine (whose head to head with Matt Dillon is one of the film's best moments) and the Middle Eastern family altgoether. What's up with that?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it applies to the Gothams but SAG rules state that an actor must get individual billing in the credits to be considered part of the ensemble. That's why Matt Ross and Sharon Warren were left off this year, and it would also explain Lorreta Devine's absence here.

Anonymous said...

As in they must have their name on the screen by itself at the end of the movie? That's odd.

But, it is odd that they excluded the Middle Eastern family. Like, they're one of the main aspects of the film. And, man, I love Loretta Devine. Loretta 4 President.

-Glenn

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