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Nov 30 2015

Gotham Winners: Color us "Tangerine"

The most exciting wild card at both the East Coast Gotham Awards and the West Coast Spirit Awards is Sean Baker's raucous and hugely entertaining comedyTangerine(my favorite film from Sundance this year) about two trans hookers sharing a wild 24 hours in Los Angeles at Christmas time.Though most of the big movie awards prefer studio filmmaking or "prestige"indies,we can all cross our fingers thatTangerine,which is truly independent in spirit and filmmaking,has one mainstream nomination in its future: Best Picture,Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes.It would be richly deserved.

But if that doesn't come to pass at least it was well loved at the Gothams (two awards,bested only bySpotlight) and with Spirit Nominations.ThoughCarolwas shut out,Gotham Awards don't have that many categories to begin with and Todd Haynes was honored so we'll forgive them.

Audience Award
Bel Powley inDiary of a Teenage Girl
Paul Dano inLove and Mercy
The Look of Silence
Spotlightwritten by Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer

Breakthrough Awards
Breakthrough Actor
Mya Taylor inTangerine
Breakthrough DirectorJonas Carpigano forMediterranea
Breakthrough Series - Long FormMr Robot
Breakthrough Series - Short FormShugs & Fats

Special Prizes
The First Gotham Appreciation Award
Ellen Cotter - Angelika Film Center Theaters
Special Jury Award – Ensemble
Spotlight's Mark Ruffalo,Michael Keaton,Rachel McAdams,John Slattery,Stanley Tucci,Brian d'Arcy James,Liev Schreiber,and Billy Crudup
Tributes to: Helen Mirren,Todd Haynes,Robert Redford

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Very excited by the acting awards,though I'm really surprised about Spotlight winning for feature.Does anyone else feels like it's overrated?I found the whole enterprise a little safe and dull,given the incendiary subject matter.

November 30,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

I am torn with Paul Dano this season.On one hand,he's deserving of recognition and I really hope this is not the only awards citation he gets for his work in Love & Mercy.Quite a sensitive and honest performance,very heartfelt.On the other hand,the studio is supposedly trying to category fraud him into the Supporting Actor category (he's co-lead) and that's a no-no (especially with a Best Actor field so unusually weak).

November 30,2015 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Sandiego


Also,their TV (long-form) award AND nominees are all amazing.

November 30,2015 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

I think Dano,Keaton,Ruffalo and Rylance are looking good for supporting actor nods.The 5th spot will likely be between Hardy,Stallone,Del Toro or Tremblay if Room really takes off.

Golden Globe comedy is kinda weak this year,They surprised me by nominated Pride last year (though it was European) so perhaps we can hold out hope for a Tangerine nod.I feel like the HFPA are trying to raise their credibility these last few years especially with last year's best director category.The comedy nods haven't been too terrible the last couple years either except that many are category frauding dramas.

November 30,2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Nathaniel,with the Best Actor race so up in the air at this point,do you think Dano actually has a better chance in lead than in supporting?I mean,people clearly remember him.

November 30,2015 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

I'm sad that Arielle Holmes didn't win best Breakthrough Actor nor did 'Heaven Knows What' Win best feature

December 1,2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

The Globes sometimes do like to surprise us like,as Joseph mentioned,PRIDE last year.Sometimes the HFPA do actually like to be at the front of things (see their TV awards).If we will it enough,maybe it will happen.

Listening to Nathaniel and Nick discuss SPOTLIGHT on the podcast last week and it was so good to hear my thoughts echoed.It's a very good movie,solid across the board (although I don't care for Ruffalo and the music sounds almost identical to ERIN BROCKOVICH),but...where's the big stuff?I admire they didn't insert stuff that did not happen in real life,but as Nat and Nick mentioned,there is a curious lack of stakes.They do their job,they publish the story,and that's about it.When I saw it about six weeks back I commented on Twitter about how odd it was as a frontrunner and especially as a winner.Everyone will no doubt nod in polite recognition,but maybe I'm just not feeling the way so many others are?I'm not sure.

December 1,2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Solid choices,must say.I thought 'Spotlight' was an excellent film as far as procedurals go.The best film of its kind since 'All the President's Men.' But it lacks the emotional depth of McCarthy's other films,in particular 'The Station Agent' and 'Win Win.' I'm not sure that I like the idea of the film winning best picture when it's up against truly unique works of art like 'Carol' or even 'Mad Max' (I know it won't win).But then again,a good movie is a good movie.

December 1,2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

See,I really like SPOTLIGHT,but then I compare it to ERIN BROCKOVICH and it's just,like,well damn.

December 1,2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks


And yay Tangerine

December 1,2015 | Unregistered CommenterGoran

I was all set to love Spotlight...well,it was a good movie and I enjoyed it...but Best of the year?????

December 1,2015 | Unregistered Commenterrick

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