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Gotham Independent Film Award nominations

October 18, 2010 | 11:18 am


The movie award season kicked off Monday morning — a full four months before the Academy Awards — when the nominees for the 20th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced.

Film critic Elvis Mitchell, who will be the co-host of the revamped "Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies," announced the nominees in six categories:

Best feature: "Black Swan," "Blue Valentine," "The Kids Are All Right," "Let Me In" and "Winter’s Bone."

Best documentary: "12th & Delaware," "Inside Job," "The Oath," "Public Speaking" and "Sweet Grass."

Breakthrough director: John Wells, "The Company Men"; Kevin Asch, "Holy Rollers"; Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, "I Love You Phillip Morris"; Tanya Hamilton, "Night Catches Us"; and Lena Dunham, "Tiny Furniture."

Breakthrough actor: Prince Adu in "Prince of Broadway"; Ronald Bronstein, "Daddy Longlegs"; Greta Gerwin, "Greenberg"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter’s Bone"; and John Ortiz, "Jack Goes Boating."

Best ensemble performance: "The Kids Are All Right"; "Life During Wartime"; "Please Give"; "Tiny Furniture"; and "Winter’s Bone."

Best film not playing at a theater near you: "Kati With an I," "Littlerock," "On Coal River," "Summer Pasture" and "The Wolf Knife."

Last year’s big Gotham winner, "The Hurt Locker," went on to receive the best picture Oscar.

In addition to the competitive awards, Oscar-winning actors Robert Duvall and Hilary Swank, director Darren Aronofsky and Focus Features Chief Executive James Schamus will each be presented with a career tribute.

The awards will be presented Nov. 29 at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

The Gotham Independent Awards are sponsored by the Independent Filmmaker Project, the oldest and largest organization of indie filmmakers in the U.S.

— Susan King