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



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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Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to an advance screening of The Current War happening at Harkins Scottsdale 101 on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.

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