BOYHOOD Leads Gotham Independent Film Award Nominations

Ellar Coltrane in BOYHOOD

This morning, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced the nominees for its 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, honoring the best in independent cinema. The Gothams are regarded as the first major award show of the awards season. Richard Linklater’s 12-year odyssey, Boyhood, leads the pack with four nominations, including Best Feature.

Don’t count on the Gothams to serve as any significant predictor for the Oscars or other major shows. But if you’re looking for some possible upsets, that’s a different story. Consider last year’s Best Feature winner, Inside Llewyn Davis, which was heralded over eventual Oscar Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, or Brie Larson (Short Term 12) over Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) for Best Actress. Still, for awards buffs, this is one to keep on the radar.

Here are this year’s Gotham Independent Film Award nominees:

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


The Grand Budapest Hotel

Love Is Strange

Under the Skin


Best Documentary



Life Itself


Point and Shoot


Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

James Ward Byrkit, Coherence

Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Eliza Hittman, It Felt Like Love

Justin Simien, Dear White People


Best Actor

Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year

Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Miles Teller, Whiplash

(The 2014 Best Actor nominating panel voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award jointly to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher.)


Best Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin

Mia Wasikowska, Tracks


Breakthrough Actor

Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler

Macon Blair, Blue Ruin

Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood

Joey King, Wish I Was Here

Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

Tessa Thompson, Dear White People

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