Awards season has begun! October might sound a little early for year-end awards, but the IFP Gotham Awards, presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), are limited to films directed by a U.S. born or based filmmaker and are “made with an economy of means.” So, don’t expect any blockbusters to be honored.
Obviously, not every movie released during the year is submitted for consideration, but traditionally the nominees are good indicators of films that have enjoyed critical plaudits; often they end up winning Academy Awards as well. Last year, for example, eventual Oscar winner Moonlight received the Best Feature award at the Gothams. That being said, what about this year’s crop of award contenders?
We’ll focus on the Best Feature nominees.
Call Me by Your Name
Armie Hammer plays a graduate student who gets involved in a romance with the son of a professor in Italy during the 1980s. The drama will open in theaters on November 24.
The Florida Project
A young girl deals with her mother and enjoys the summer with her young friends. Willem Dafoe stars. The movie is now playing in select theaters.
Daniel Kaluuya visits his girlfriend’s family, who are definitely not what they pretend to be. Now available on FandangoNow.
Bank robber Robert Pattinson spends the night trying to free his brother from jail. It will be available on home video on November 7.
Based on a true story, Margot Robbie stars as ice skater Tonya Harding, who became involved in a plot to eliminate her competition. The movie will open in theaters on December 8.
Here are the nominees in three more key categories.
Best Actor: James Franco, The Disaster Artist; Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project; Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out; Robert Pattinson, Good Time; Harry Dean Stanton, Lucky; Adam Sandler, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).
Best Actress: Haley Lu Richardson, Columbus; Melanie Lynskey, i don’t feel at home in this world anymore; Margot Robbie, I, Tonya; Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird; Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime.
Best Documentary: Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, Rat Film, Strong Island, Whose Streets?, The Work.
To see the complete list, visit Rotten Tomatoes, which also features the near-unamious high scores that were earned by the nominated movies. The awards show will be held on Monday, November 27.