The Gotham Awards have just announced their nominees for 2010 and the five films nominated in the Best Documentary category are:
12TH AND DELAWARE
Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Directed by Charles Ferguson
Directed by Laura Poitras
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Directed by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor
INSIDE JOB is one of the frontrunners for next year's Academy Awards and is just now rolling out in theaters in North America. Both THE OATH and 12TH AND DELAWARE had lower-key theatrical releases earlier this year preceding their television broadcasts (THE OATH on POV and DELAWARE on HBO). The directors of all three films - Ferguson, Poitras, Ewing & Grady - are previous Oscar nominees and favorites to make this year's Academy shortlist.
SWEETGRASS premiered at last year's New York Film Festival while Scorsese's PUBLIC SPEAKING - a profile of quintissential New York writer Fran Lebowitz - is set to premiere on HBO next month.
Meanwhile, in the Gotham's Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You category - which has, at least recently, featured a single nonfiction film mixed with four fiction features - three documentaries are nominated - Robert Greene's KATI WITH AN I (set to screen in the Viewfinders Competition at next month's inaugural DOC NYC), Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Woods' ON COAL RIVER (which premiered at Silverdocs and recently screened in Camden and at NYC's Stranger Than Fiction) and Lynn True and Nelson George's SUMMER PASTURE (which screened as part of the IDA's DocuWeeks Academy qualifying series this summer). Those films will mix it up with Laurel Nakadate's THE WOLF KNIFE and LITTLEROCK by filmmaker Mike Ott.
indieWIRE has all the nominees, led by the SW Missouri-shot narrative feature WINTER'S BONE. The awards will be handed out on November 29.