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The Favourite and First Reformed dominated the nominations for the Gotham Independent Film Awards, which were announced Thursday.
Both movies are up for best feature and best screenplay, with First Reformed also scoring a best actor nod and The Favourite landing a special jury award for its three main actresses.
The following films were each nominated for two awards: Eighth Grade, Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace, Madeline's Madeline, Private Life, Sorry to Bother You and Support the Girls.
In the best feature category, The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos' period film about two women in Queen Anne's court competing for her attention and affection, and First Reformed, Paul Schrader's latest work about a troubled pastor drawn toward violence, will compete with Barry Jenkins' Moonlight follow-up If Beale Street Could Talk, Josephine Decker's Madeline's Madeline and Chloe Zhao's The Rider.
For best screenplay, where The Favourite is represented by screenwriters Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, other nominees are Tamara Jenkins for Private Life, Andrew Bujalski for Support the Girls and Cory Finley for Thoroughbreds.
Best actor nominees include Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman), Ben Foster (Leave No Trace), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) and Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You). Best actress nominees include Glenn Close (The Wife), Toni Collette (Hereditary), Kathryn Hahn (Private Life), Regina Hall (Support the Girls) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Where Is Kyra?). The best actress nominating committee also voted to give a special jury award to Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for their ensemble performance in The Favourite.
Weisz, it was previously announced, will also receive the actress tribute at this year's Gotham Awards, alongside fellow tribute recipients Willem Dafoe (actor), Paul Greengrass (director) and Jon Kamen (industry).
On the TV side, the Gotham Awards, which three years ago started recognizing small-screen fare, nominated Alias Grace, Big Mouth, The End of the F***ing World, Killing Eve, Pose and Sharp Objects for its breakthrough series – longform award.
The Gotham Award nominees are selected by committees of film critics, journalists, festival programmers and film curators. Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors and others directly involved in making films will determine the final award recipients.
IFP members can vote online, from Nov. 19-24, for the winner in the final competitive category, the audience award. The 15 films nominated for best feature, best documentary and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award make up the nominees in that category. IFP members will also vote for the winner in the breakthrough shortform series category (all of the nominees for which are available online).
The Gotham Awards are seen as the unofficial start of Oscar season. Recent Gotham Award winners have included Oscar nominees and winners Call Me by Your Name, Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman, Boyhood, Citizenfour, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Act of Killing, Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Beginners, The Tree of Life, Winter’s Bone and The Hurt Locker.
The 2018 Gotham Awards are set to be held Monday, Nov. 26, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
The full list of this year's nominees follows.
Full disclosure: The Hollywood Reporter's reviews editor Jon Frosch and chief TV critic Tim Goodman were part of the nominating committees for breakthrough actor (Frosch) and breakthrough series – longform (Goodman).
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