Almost a month ago, the nominee for this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced. Now the big night is hours away. In case you don’t have a golden ticket to the live event, have no fear! The show will be streaming live on www.ifp.org at 7:30pm EST.
You can see the full list of independent films being honored HERE. I couldn’t be happier that three very powerful Black stories from Sundance 2012 were recognized. Congrats again to BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD by Benh Zeitlin (Breakthrough Actor, Breakthrough Director), MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Ava DuVernay (Breakthrough Actor, Best Feature) and AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY by Terence Nance (Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You).
Some of you might be asking: What’s so special about the Gotham Awards?
As I said back in October–
While everyone may be playing “Guess Who’s Going to Get An Oscar Nom?”, I think it’s just as important to note that other awards can serve as even bigger milestones. Who could forget how the indie community honored writer/director Dee Rees for her compelling debut with PARIAH? She went from a Gotham nomination for Breakthrough Director (which she won) to two Indie Spirit nominations and winning the prestigious John Cassavetes Award to the infamous shout-out from Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes to teaming up with Oscar-nominee Viola Davis for a new HBO series.
Who knows what lies ahead for this year’s nominated filmmakers? May the best indies win!