‘Get Out’ Leads 2017 Gotham Awards Nominees (and May Be On Track for Oscar Glory)

The Independent Filmmaker Project announced its nominations for the 2017 Gotham Awards on Thursday, officially kicking off awards season (yes, in October). And while this list of honorees is just the first in what will be a deluge of nominations set to flood the film world over the next few months, some critics are saying that these nominees are an early indication of some dark horse favorites to land on the Academy’s shortlist come Oscar time.

Get Out” led the pack of 2017 Gotham nominees with four nods, cited for best feature, the breakthrough director award (for “Key and Peele” star Jordan Peele, making his feature directorial debut), best screenplay (Peele), and best actor (Daniel Kaluuya). Rounding out the nominees for best feature were “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Florida Project,” “Good Time,” and “I, Tonya” (which just released its excellent first teaser trailer).

Both IndieWire and Variety suggest that several Gotham nominees have a decent shot at scoring Oscar nods when those are revealed in January. IndieWire thinks breakthrough actress nominee Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”) is “a lock” for a best supporting actress nomination, while Variety says there’s a very good chance both Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) will be in best actress consideration. And both publications seem to agree that “Get Out” could be due for some major Oscar glory, with these early nominations setting the stage for many more accolades (and perhaps Academy Award citations) to follow.

It’s still incredibly early, of course, and awards season darlings can change on a dime. But it’s always fun to speculate about who we’ll be seeing walk the red carpet next on Hollywood’s biggest night next March.

The 27th annual Gotham Awards will take place on November 27. The full list of nominees and honorees is below.

Best Feature
Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Florida Project (A24)
Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Good Time (A24)
I, Tonya (NEON)

Best Documentary
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library (Zipporah Films)
Rat Film (MEMORY and Cinema Guild)
Strong Island (Netflix)
Whose Streets? (Magnolia Pictures)
The Work (The Orchard and First Look Media)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Maggie Betts for Novitiate (Sony Pictures Classics)
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (A24)
Kogonada for Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Jordan Peele for Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Joshua Z Weinstein for Menashe (A24)

Best Screenplay
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (Amazon Studios)
Brad’s Status, Mike White (Amazon Studios)
Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory (Sony Pictures Classics)
Columbus, Kogonada (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Get Out, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig (A24)

Best Actor*
Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project (A24)
James Franco in The Disaster Artist (A24)
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Robert Pattinson in Good Time (A24)
Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Netflix)
Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Actress*
Melanie Lynskey in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Netflix)
Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field)
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (NEON)
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird (A24)
Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime (FilmRise)

Breakthrough Actor
Mary J. Blige in Mudbound (Netflix)
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats (NEON)
Kelvin Harrison, Jr. in It Comes at Night (A24)
Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project (A24)

* The 2017 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance to Mudbound, The award will go to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.

Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Atlanta (FX Networks)
Better Things (FX Networks)
Dear White People (Netflix)
Fleabag (Amazon)
Search Party (TBS)

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
555 (Vimeo)
Inconceivable (YouTube)
Junior (Blackpills and VICE)
Let Me Die a Nun, (Vimeo)
The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (YouTube)

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