The IFP announced nominations for the 17th Annual Gotham Awards on Monday and named six New York-based filmmakers as the finalists for Best Documentary Feature: Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern for THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, Jonathan Demme for JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS, Amir Bar-Lev for MY KID COULD PAINT THAT, Michael Moore for SICKO and Alex Gibney for TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE.
SICKO and TAXI were also recently announced as finalists for the IDA's Documentary Feature prize. Last year, the two films that were nominated for both the IDA Awards and the Gothams - IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS and DELIVER US FROM EVIL - were also nominated for the Oscar.
While the documentary nominees feature some of the higher profile films of the year (as well as four films from major indie distribs), perhaps the biggest (and most pleasant surprise) of the day was the love shown for Craig Zobel's GREAT WORLD OF SOUND, which was nominated for three awards, more than any other film, including Best Feature, Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Kene Holliday. I wrote about GREAT WORLD when I saw it at LAFF this summer.
Other nominees for Best Feature included Todd Haynes' I'M NOT THERE, Sean Penn's INTO THE WILD, Noah Baumbach's MARGOT AT THE WEDDING and Mira Nair's THE NAMESAKE. Full nominees over at indieWIRE. The awards will be announced on November 27.