Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' leads the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards nominations with four nods
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ leads the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards nominations with four nods

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The Independent Filmmaker Project announced the nominees for the 27th annual IFP Gotham Awards on Thursday morning, signaling the beginning of what is sure to be a busy awards season. One of the earliest hits of 2017, writer-director Jordan Peele’s riveting psychological horror tale Get Out, leads the nominations with four nods including Best Feature, Breakthrough Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya.

Other nominated titles include Luca Guadagino’s Call Me By Your Name (Best Feature, Best Screenplay, and Breakthrough Actor for Timothée Chalamet); Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird (Breakthrough Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan); Josh and Benny Safdie’s Good Time (Best Feature, Best Actor for Robert Pattinson); Kogonada’s Columbus (Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress for Haley Lu Richardson); and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project (Best Feature, Best Actor for Willem Dafoe, Breakthrough Actor for Brooklynn Prince).

In addition to the ten competitive awards that will be presented to independent features and series, Gotham Award Tributes will be handed out to actors Nicole Kidman and Dustin Hoffman, director Sofia Coppola, producer Jason Blum, cinematographer Ed Lachman, and a Gotham Humanitarian Tribute to Al Gore.  

You can check out the complete list of nominees for the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards below:

Best Feature  

Call Me by Your Name 

Luca Guadagnino, director; Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) 

The Florida Project 

Sean Baker, director; Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou, producers (A24) 

Get Out 

Jordan Peele, director; Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jr., Jordan Peele, producers (Universal Pictures) 

Good Time 

Josh and Benny Safdie, directors; Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Oscar Boyson, producers (A24) 

I, Tonya 

Craig Gillespie, director; Bryan Unkeless, Steven Rogers, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, producers (NEON) 

Best Documentary 

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library  

Frederick Wiseman, director and producer (Zipporah Films) 

Rat Film 

Theo Anthony, director; Riel Roch-Decter, Sebastian Pardo, producers (MEMORY and Cinema Guild) 

Strong Island 

Yance Ford, director; Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes, producers (Netflix) 

Whose Streets? 

Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, directors; Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, Jennifer MacArthur, Flannery Miller, producers (Magnolia Pictures) 

The Work 

Jairus McLeary, director;  Alice Henty, Eon McLeary, Jairus McLeary, Miles McLeary, producers (The Orchard and First Look Media) 

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award 

Maggie Betts for Novitiate (Sony Pictures Classics) 

Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (A24) 

Kogonada for Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field) 

Jordan Peele for Get Out (Universal Pictures) 

Joshua Z Weinstein for Menashe (A24)  

Best Screenplay 

 The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (Amazon Studios) 

Brad’s Status, Mike White (Amazon Studios) 

Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory (Sony Pictures Classics) 

Columbus, Kogonada (Superlative Films/Depth of Field) 

Get Out, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures) 

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig (A24)   

Best Actor

Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project (A24) 

James Franco in The Disaster Artist (A24) 

Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (Universal Pictures) 

Robert Pattinson in Good Time (A24) 

Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix) 

Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky (Magnolia Pictures)  

Best Actress

Melanie Lynskey in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Netflix) 

Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field) 

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (NEON) 

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird (A24) 

Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime (FilmRise) 

Breakthrough Actor 

Mary J. Blige in Mudbound (Netflix) 

Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics) 

Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats (NEON) 

Kelvin Harrison, Jr. in It Comes at Night (A24) 

Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project (A24)  

Breakthrough Series – Long Form 

Atlanta, Donald Glover, creator; Donald Glover, Dianne McGunigle, Paul Simms, executive producers (FX Networks) 

Better Things, Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K., creators; Dave Becky, M. Blair Breard, Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon, executive producers (FX Networks) 

Dear White People, Justin Simien, creator; Yvette Bowser, Justin Simien, Stephanie Allain, Julia Lebedev, executive producers (Netflix) 

Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Harry Williams, Jack Williams, executive producers (Amazon) 

Search Party, Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter, creators; Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter, Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns,  executive producers (TBS) 

 Breakthrough Series – Short Form 

555, Kate Berlant, Andrew DeYoung and John Early, creators (Vimeo) 

Inconceivable, Joel Ashton McCarthy, creator (YouTube) 

Junior, Zoe Cassavetes, creator (Blackpills and VICE) 

Let Me Die a Nun, Sarah Salovaara, creator (Vimeo) 

The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes, Nancy Andrews, creator (YouTube) 

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Matt Damon is reteaming with his ‘Ford v Ferrari’ director James Mangold for ‘The Force’

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Nearly 14 years after starring in Martin Scorsese‘s brilliant Infernal Affairs remake The Departed, Matt Damon is set to head back into crooked cop movie territory with his Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to play the lead role of Denny Malone in Mangold’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 best-selling novel The Force, which is a pretty damn good read if you haven’t gotten around to it yet.

In the book, Malone — a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant — is the dirtiest of dirty cops, having stolen millions of dollars worth of cash and narcotics in the wake of one of the biggest heroin busts in the history of New York City.

Little does Malone know, though, that the feds are hot on his tail “and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the job, his family and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all,” as the book’s official synopsis puts it.

David Mamet wrote and turned in the first draft of the script for The Force in 2017, but Mangold is currently in the middle of a rewrite with his Logan collaborator Scott Frank, so I suppose we’ll see how that turns out.

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Production begins on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett

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Production is officially underway on Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded new project Nightmare Alley, which features one hell of an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in the leading roles.

An adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows Stanton “Stan” Carlisle (Cooper), a young and ambitious con man who teams up with a female psychiatrist (Blanchett) for a mentalist act, only to realize that she’s even more corrupt than he is.

Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, Jim Beaver, and Mark Povinelli round out the film’s cast, with del Toro alumni such as Ron Perlman and Richard Jenkins also said to be in talks to join.

Leonardo DiCaprio was initially supposed to play Cooper’s role but was forced to bow out earlier this year as production on Nightmare Alley would’ve conflicted with that of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars DiCaprio alongside Robert De Niro and is expected to begin shooting in the spring.

No word yet on when Searchlight Pictures plans on releasing Nightmare Alley, but stay tuned for more info on that.

Excited to start shooting today on our new adventure NIGHTMARE ALLEY with @RealGDT and many of our regular gang. pic.twitter.com/lzPHhXpppI

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to an advance screening of Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’

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Warner Bros. will release Birds of Prey on February 7 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to enter to free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Birds of Prey happening at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Winners for this contest will be selected and notified on Monday, February 3 via email. Good luck! Below is the official trailer for Birds of Prey as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Cathy Yan

Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor

Opens: Friday, February 7

Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material

Synopsis: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

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