Nominations have gone out for the 16th annual Gotham Awards, with Ryan Fleck's Half Nelson leading the pack. Pic, which revolves around the strong bond formed between a drug-addicted high school teacher and one of his students, picked up three nominations: Best Feature, Breakthrough Director (Ryan Fleck) and Breakthrough Actor (Shareeka Epps). This year's ceremony will be held on November 29 at New York's PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers. (Hey, I got married right next door at the Lighthouse!)
The Gotham Awards, which are presented by IFP and look to "celebrate the authentic voices behind and in front of the camera in films made this year" separate their awards into six categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Best Ensemble Cast and, my personal favorite, Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You. Also on the agenda, Kate Winslet and Edward Norton will receive Gotham Tributes, while Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu will receive Gotham's first annual World Cinema Tribute for contributing "significantly in transforming their native cinema of Mexico."
Joining Half Nelson with multiple nods were Babel (Best Ensemble Cast, Breakthrough Actor, Rinko Kikuchi), Little Miss Sunshine (Best Ensemble Cast, Breakthrough Actor, Abigail Breslin) and In Between Days (Breakthrough Director, So Yoing Kim, Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You). Days has yet to find domestic distribution. So, what did they leave out?
Full lists of nominees after the jump.