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Gotham Award Noms Go to 'The Descendants' and 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

Winners of the independent film awards will be announced Nov. 28.

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The Descendants and Martha Marcy May Marlene, both from Fox Searchlight,  led the pack with three nominations each as New York Independent Filmmaker Project announced its nominations today for its 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The winners, drawn from the world of indie film, will be announced at a ceremony Nov. 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City as the movie awards season gets under way.

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The Descendants, which stars George Clooney as a man trying to hold his family together,  was nominated for best feature along with Beginners, Meek's Cutoff, Take Shelter and The Tree of Life.

Elizabeth Olsen, who stars as a woman reconnecting with her family after fleeing a cult in Martha, and Shailene Woodley, who plays one of Clooney's daughters in Descendants,  were both nominated in the category of Breakthrough Actor along with Felicity Jones of Like Crazy, Harmony Santana of Gun Hill Road and Jacob Wysocki of Terri.

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Descendants and Martha also earned noms for best ensemble performance, along with Beginners, in which Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor, play a father and son embarking on new chapters in their lives; the financial world drama Margin Call; and Take Shelter, in which Michael Shannon plays a man sensing the coming of the apocalypse.

The nominees for Breakthrough Director were Mike Cahill, Another Earth; Sean Durkin, Martha; Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground; Evan Glodell, Bellflower; and Dee Rees, Pariah.

The nominees for best documentary are Better This World; Bill Cunningham New York; Hell and Back Again; The Interrupters; and The Woodmans.

In the category of Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, an award for a feature that has not yet secured distribution, the nominees were: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, Green, The Redemption of General Butt Naked, Scenes of a Crime, and Without.

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The Gotham Awards will also include a new category this year, the Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers "Live the Dream' Grant, a $25,000 cash award for an almuna of IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs. Nominated were Jenny Deller, director of Future Weather; Lucy Mulloy, Una Noche; and Rola Nashef, Detroit Unleashed.

A final award, the Audience Award, is open to any film that has won an audience award at one of the top 50 U.S. or Canadian film festivals. Nominees will be announced Nov. 7.

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IFP also previously announced that it will honor actors Charlize Theron and Gary Oldman, director David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, with career tributes.

The full list of nominees are listed on the second page.