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Full Nominees List of 2008 Gotham Independent Film Awards Announced

October 21, 2008 (3:18 am) GMT
Lance Hammer's 'Ballast' leads the 18th Gotham Awards' nomination with four nods, while 'Rachel Getting Married', 'Synecdoche, New York' and 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' follow with two gongs each.
Full Nominees List of 2008 Gotham Independent Film Awards Announced

On Monday, October 20, IFP has announced the contenders for the 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards and Lance Hammer-directed drama "Ballast" has dominated the nomination list, taking in 4 separate nods. The movie, which has won the 2008 Sundance Film Festival's Dramatic Directing Award for Hammer, is nominated for Best Feature, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor and Best Ensemble Performance.

In the category of Best Feature, "Ballast" will be up against Courtney Hunt's "", Charlie Kaufman's "", Thomas McCarthy's "" and Darren Aronofsky's "". Meanwhile, for the Best Ensemble Performance category, the film's cast that include Micheal J. Smith Sr. will be competing with "" ensemble led by , "Synecdoche" cast led by , "" ensemble, , , and , and "Visitor" cast led by .

Though garnering the most gongs for the 2008 Gotham Awards, "Ballast" is not the only film getting more than one nomination. Antonio Campos' "Afterschool", "Frozen", "Rachel", "Synecdoche", "Vicky" and "Visitor" each collect double counts for the awards that provides early critical recognition for worthy independent films.

The award-presenting gala which has been renamed from Gotham Awards to Gotham Independent Film Awards will be held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street on Tuesday, December 2. It has been previously announced that Cruz, president of HBO Documentary Films' Sheila Nevins, and filmmakers Gus Van Sant and Melvin Van Peebles will be honored with tribute awards on the scheduled date as well.

The nominees list of the 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Award:

Best Feature:

Best Ensemble Performance: Breakthrough Actor: Breakthrough Director Best Documentary: Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

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