In a somewhat bizarre nominations announcement moments ago - which began with NY Times film critic and nominations presenter A.O. Scott predicting that he would "probably hate most of the films" that would be announced as nominees - six nonfiction features were announced as 2009 Gotham Awards hopefuls.
While the Gothams have never been a great predictor of later awards (particularly the Oscars), it's noteworthy that of the films considered frontrunners for this year's Academy Awards, only Robert Kenner's FOOD, INC. secured a nomination today. The rest of the Best Documentary category were filled with surprises, some mild (James Toback's TYSON), others pleasant shocks (Michael Almereyda's PARADISE).
And one more acclaimed 2009 docu - Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri's OCTOBER COUNTRY - made the line-up in another category, getting a nod in the Gotham's Best Film Not Yet Playing at a Theater Near You.
A full list of nominees in all categories (led by Kathryn Bigelow's THE HURT LOCKER) can be found at indieWIRE. Gotham documentary nods after the jump.