This nominees for the 2018 Gotham Awards have been announced by the Independent Filmmaker Project, and the picks for the Best Documentary category contenders showcase an artistic variety of nonfiction cinema with only two titles overlapping with this week’s reveal of the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominees and only one selection among the high-grossing films getting all the attention lately.
Morgan Neville‘s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? adds another honor, which goes to show that its more than $20 million box office take doesn’t make it just a popular film but one of recognized quality as well. Its competition comes in the form of four docs, Robert Greene‘s latest, Bisbee ’17, Bing Liu‘s Minding the Gap, Sandi Tan‘s upcoming Netflix feature Shirkers, and RaMell Ross‘ Hale County This Morning, This Evening.
Three of those films are the feature debuts of their directors, while this is Greene’s third feature to earn a Gotham nod, joining Kati With an I and Actress. He was also nominated in the past as a producer on Approaching the Elephant (both Actress and Elephant were also Audience Award nominees). This is Neville’s first Gotham nod, though he did win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for 20 Feet From Stardom.
In addition to those Best Documentary nominees, other nonfiction works do appear in other categories. And not just historical dramas, such as The Favourite and BlacKkKlansman. The F Word and Nadia Hallgren‘s She’s the Ticket are up for Breakthrough Series – Short Form.
Below are all of the nonfiction nominees contending for this year’s Gotham Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony held in New York City on November 26th.
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Breakthrough Series – Short Form
The F Word
She’s the Ticket