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IFP Unveils Gotham Award Nominees


Independent Feature Project (IFP)

announced the nominees for its 16th Annual Gotham Awards fundraiser, unveiling a list that ranges from big budget studio movies to low budget indies. The event will be held on November 29, 2006 in New York City.

The nominees for best feature are: Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” Ryan Fleck’s “Half Nelson,” Todd Field’s “Little Children,” Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Old Joy.” A total of 148 films were submitted to the Gotham Awards Nominating Committee for consideration in all categories, with the best picture nominees selected by critics and journalists John Anderson, Karen Durbin, Stephen Garrett and Lisa Schwarzbaum.

Nominated for the ‘Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You’ prize are Steve Barron’s “Choking Man,” Richard Wong’s “Colma: The Musical,” So Yong Kim’s “In Between Days,” Jake Clennell’s “The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief,” and Goran Dukic’s “Wristcutters: A Love Story.”

IFP Executive Director Michelle Byrd also announced that actors Kate Winslet and Edward Norton will receive 2006 Gotham Tributes. Winslet is currently on screen in Todd Field’s “Little Children,” while Norton can be seen right now in “The Illusionist,” and earlier this year appearned in “Down In The Valley,” which he also produced. His upcoming film is “The Painted Veil.”

New this year is the first World Cinema Tribute, honoring a group of filmmakers who work together. The Gothams will salute Alfonso Cuaron (“Children of Men”), Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labryinth”) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Babel”), for their contributions to international film. Additional Gotham tribute honorees are still to be announced.

Previously announced is a tribute to Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, partners in Wagner/Cuban Companies, which owns Landmark Theaters, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures, HDNet Films and the cable networks, HDNet and HDNet Movies.

Best Feature

“The Departed”

Martin Scorsese, director; Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, Graham King, producers (Warner Bros.)

“Half Nelson”

Ryan Fleck, director; Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg, producers (ThinkFilm)

“Little Children”

Todd Field, director; Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Todd Field, producers (New Line Cinema)

“Marie Antoinette”

Sofia Coppola, director; Ross Katz, Sofia Coppola, producers (Sony Pictures)

“Old Joy”

Kelly Reichardt, director; Neil Kopp, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Anish Savjani, producers

(Kino International)

Best Documentary

“Deliver Us from Evil”

Amy Berg, director; Amy Berg, Frank Donner, Hermas Lassalle, Matthew Cooke, producers (Lionsgate)

“Following Sean”

Ralph Arlyck, director; Ralph Arlyck, Malcolm Pullinger, producers (Upstate Films/Shadow Releasing)

“An Inconvenient Truth”

Davis Guggenheim, director; Laurie David, Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns, producers

(Paramount Classics & Participant Productions)

“Iraq in Fragments”

James Longley, director; James Longley, John Sinno, producers (Typecast Releasing in association with HBO Documentary Films)

“Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple”

Stanley Nelson, director/producer (Seventh Art Releasing)

Best Ensemble Cast


Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Said Tarchani, Boubker Ait El Caid (Paramount Vantage)

“For Your Consideration”

Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard

(Warner Independent Pictures)

“Little Miss Sunshine”

Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

“A Prairie Home Companion”

Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, L.Q. Jones, Sue Scott, Tim Russell (Picturehouse)


Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, PJ DeBoy, Raphael Barker, Peter Stickles, Jay Brannan, Justin Bond (ThinkFilm)

Breakthrough Director

Ramin Bahrani for “Man Push Cart” (Films Philos)

Laurie Collyer for “Sherrybaby” (IFC Films)

Ryan Fleck for “Half Nelson” (ThinkFilm)

So Yong Kim for “In Between Days”

James Marsh for “The King” (ThinkFilm)

Breakthrough Actor

Abigail Breslin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Shareeka Epps in “Half Nelson” (ThinkFilm)

Melinda Page Hamilton in “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Rinko Kikuchi in “Babel” (Paramount Vantage)

Channing Tatum in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” (First Look Pictures)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

“Choking Man”

Steve Barron, director; Joshua Zeman, Zachary Mortensen, producers

“Colma: The Musical”

Richard Wong, director; Paul Kolsanoff, Richard Wong, Angel Vasquez, producers

“In Between Days”

So Yong Kim, director; Bradley Rust Gray, producer

“The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief”

Jake Clennell, director/producer

“Wristcutters: A Love Story”

Goran Dukic, director; Adam Sherman, Chris Coen, Tatiana Kelly, Mikal P. Lazarev, producers