Golden Idol: Gotham, Annies, Spirit

2009 Gotham Award Winners
“The Hurt Locker” scored Best Feature and Best Ensemble at this year’s Gothams, the first awards show of the season.

Catalina Saavedra (“The Maid”) and Robert Siegel (“Big Fan”) scored breakthrough actor and director respectively, while “Food, Inc.” won Best Documentary.

“Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow, actress Natalie Portman and actor Stanley Tucci took home tribute awards.

2009 Annie Award Nominations
“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “Coraline,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Secret of Kells” and “Up” will all compete for Best Animated Feature at the 37th Annual Annie Awards.

“Coraline” lead the charge with ten nominations across various categories, “The Princess and the Frog” closely follows with eight.

Winners for the awards from the International Animated Film Society will be announced at a ceremony February 6th. The complete list of nominees is available at AnnieAwards.org.

2009 Independent Spirit Award Nominations
“Precious,” “The Last Station,” “Amreeka,” “Sin Nombre” and “(500) Days of Summer” will all compete for Best Feature at the 25th Independent Spirit Awards which celebrates the best in independent film.

Gritty inner city drama “Precious” and the Helen Mirren/James McAvoy period drama “Last Station” scored the most nominations with five apiece. “The Messenger”, the drama about a soldier delivering death notices, came close behind with four nominations.

Ethan and Joel’s Coen’s “A Serious Man”, along with two nominations for directing and cinematography, has scored the Robert Altman prize which recognises it for best filmmaker, casting director and acting ensemble.

The awards take place in Los Angeles on March 5th, and the full list of nominees is available at SpiritAwards.com.