By Dave Karger
October 18, 2010 at 10:27 PM EDT

I had the pleasure of serving on the Gotham Awards nominating committee this year and think today’s list of nominees reflects what a strong year it was for independent film. Anyone who’s read my blog so far this season will know that I was especially happy to see Blue Valentine and The Kids Are All Right make the cut. But some high-profile awards contenders that were eligible didn’t end up scoring any nominations, among them Get Low, Somewhere, The Tempest, Rabbit Hole, and Never Let Me Go. Since the Gotham nominees are chosen by small groups of journalists, an omission today doesn’t exactly sound the death knell for a film’s overall momentum. I still do think Get Low (and to a lesser extent, Rabbit Hole) have a shot at competing in some major Academy categories. Below are the nominees:

Best Feature

Black Swan

Blue Valentine

The Kids Are All Right

Let Me In

Winter’s Bone

Best Documentary

12th & Delaware

Inside Job

The Oath

Public Speaking


Best Ensemble Performance

The Kids Are All Right

Life During Wartime

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Tiny Furniture

Winter’s Bone

Breakthrough Director

John Wells, The Company Men

Kevin Asch, Holy Rollers

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, I Love You Phillip Morris

Tanya Hamilton, Night Catches Us

Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture

Breakthrough Actor

Prince Adu, Prince of Broadway

Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs

Greta Gerwig, Greenberg

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

John Ortiz, Jack Goes Boating