Awards season kicks into high gear this morning with the unveiling of The Gotham Awards. No, this has nothing to do with Batman, but rather, a collection of nominations for various independent films.
You might think that this award show, some four months removed from the Oscars would have little bearing on the outcome of Hollywood's big night. Think again. Last year, the Mike Mills directed comedy Beginners kicked off its awards run with two Gotham Awards and culminated with Christopher Plummer winning the best supporting actor Oscar.
This year, all eyes are on Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was nominated for two Gotham Awards, but was left out of the best picture category. The films two nominations come in the Breakthrough Actor (Quvenzhane Wallis) and Breakthrough Director (Benh Zeitlin) categories. Zeitlin has already won awards for Beasts at Cannes, Sundance, Sydney, Los Angeles and Deauville film festivals.
So who will be competing for best picture and who are the other nominees? Take a look below and sound off with who you think will win and who will pick up early momentum as awards season kicks off. The Gotham Awards will take place on November 26.
Bernie, The Loneliest Planet, The Master, Middle of Nowhere, Moonrise Kingdom (above)
Detropia, How to Survive a Plague, Room 237, The Waiting Room, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (above)
Best Ensemble Performance
Bernie, Moonrise Kingdom, Safety Not Guaranteed (above), Silver Linings Playbook, Your Sister's Sister
Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice)
Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky (Francine)
Jason Courtlund and Julia Halperin (Now, Forager)
Anotnion Mendez Esparza (Aqui y Alla)
Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) (above)
Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me)
Emaytzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere)
Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On)
Melanie Lynskey (Hello, I Must Be Going)
Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) (above)