Like it or not, here comes awards season. It kicked off in earnest this morning with the announcement of the 21st annual Gotham Awards, where “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “The Descendants” each scored three nominations. That doesn’t sound like much, but at an awards show with just six categories total — including two they were ineligible for — it’s pretty damn good.
“The Descendants,” the new film from “Sideways” director Alexander Payne, is up for Best Feature, Best Ensemble Performance, and Best Breakthrough Actor (Shailene Woodley), while “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” earned nominations for Best Ensemble Performance, Breakthrough Director (Sean Durkin — my interview with him goes up later this afternoon), and Breakthrough Actor (Elizabeth Olsen — read our interview with her here).
I was personally pleased to see two of my favorite movies of the year so far — “Take Shelter” and “Beginners” — up for Best Feature alongside “The Descendants” and the rest of the field: Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree of Life,” and Countdown to Top Ten 2K11 column. And speaking of that column, the subject of tomorrow’s piece, “Bill Cunningham New York,” earned a Best Documentary nominated. Wthout spoiling too much of what I’m going to write tomorrow, it’s well deserved. The two biggest Gotham snubs were probably Tom McCarthy’s wonderful family drama “Win Win,” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s poetic action movie “Drive,” which were both worthy of Best Feature and Best Ensemble nominations.
You’ll find the full list of 2011 Gotham Awards nominees below. The winners will be announced in New York City on November 28, by which point awards season will be in full swing, by which point we’ll all be starting to get sick of talking about these movies.
The 2011 Gotham Awards Nominees
“Beginners,” directed by Mike Mills
“The Descendants,” directed by Alexander Payne
“Meek’s Cutoff,” directed by Kelly Reichardt
“Take Shelter,” directed by Jeff Nichols
“The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick
“Better This World,” directed by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega
“Bill Cunningham New York,” directed by Richard Press
“Hell and Back Again,” directed by Danfung Dennis
“The Interrupters,” directed by Steve James
“The Woodmans,” directed by C. Scott Willis
Best Ensemble Performance:
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Mike Cahill, “Another Earth”
Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Vera Farmiga, “Higher Ground”
Evan Glodell, “Bellflower”
Dee Rees, “Pariah”
Felicity Jones, “Like Crazy”
Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Harmony Santana, “Gun Hill Road”
Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”
Jacob Wysocki, “Terri”
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You:
“Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same,” directed by Madeleine Olnek
“Green,” directed by Sophia Takal
“The Redemption of General Butt Naked,” directed by Eric Strauss
“Scenes of a Crime,” directed by Blue Hadaegh & Grover Babcock
“Without,” directed by Mark Jackson