Ryan Gosling School Drama Tops Gotham Awards + Maggie Gyllenhaal Tops Stockholm Film Festival

2006 Gotham Awards

2006 Gotham Award nominees: Oct. 23, 2006.

2006 Gotham Award winners: Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, New York City, on Nov. 29, 2006.

Half Nelson (2006) by Ryan Fleck, with Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps

The socially-conscious psychological drama Half Nelson, one of those rare low-budget American films that actually have something to say and that manage to convey their message without condescending to their audience, nabbed three Gotham Awards at a Nov. 29 ceremony held in New York City.

The story of a liberal-minded public school teacher (Ryan Gosling) who tries to impart wisdom and power to his inner-city students while himself trying to escape – through drugs – from his own powerlessness to change the world around him, Half Nelson won awards for Best Film (beating critics' darling The Departed), Breakthrough Director (Ryan Fleck), and Breakthrough Performer (Shareeka Epps, who shared the award with Babel's Rinko Kikuchi.)

Iraq in Fragments (2006) by James Longley

James Longley's well-received Iraq in Fragments was chosen Best Documentary. A rarity among American documentaries on the war in Iraq, which almost invariably focus on American military personnel, Iraq in Fragments portrays the Iraq disaster as seen through the eyes of ordinary Iraqis.

Choking Man (2006) by Steve Barron, with Octavio Gomez, Mandy Patinkin

Steve Barron's Choking Man, the tale of a pathologically shy Ecuadorian man (Octavio Gómez) working as a dishwasher in Queens, won the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Award, given to American feature films without distribution.

The Babel cast, including nationals from Mexico, Australia, the United States, Japan, and Morocco, was voted the Best Ensemble award.

Additionally, assorted tributes were paid to the likes of Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Tim Robbins, and Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Referring to the controversy surrounding the inclusion of two big-studio productions – Martin Scorsese's The Departed (Warner Bros.) and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (Sony Pictures) – among the nominees for the Best Film Gotham Award, host David Cross joked about Scorsese's crime drama, “How that ever got greenlit I have no idea.”

The Gotham Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards are the two, for lack of a better word, awards (mostly) dedicated to independent American filmmaking.


Half Nelson (2006) directed by Ryan Fleck, starring Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps, Anthony MackieOld Joy (2006) directed by Kelly Reichardt, starring Daniel London, Will Oldham, Lucy

16th Gotham Awards - 2006

The 16th Gotham Award nominees were announced on Oct. 23, 2006.

The 16th Gotham Award winners were announced at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, New York City, on Nov. 29, 2006.

Ryan Gosling plays an idealistic drug-addicted teacher in Ryan FleckHalf Nelson. The character may sound like an walking, talking oxymoron, but he isnt thanks to Goslings superb playing and Flecks careful handling of the material

Best Feature

The Departed
Martin Scorsese, director; Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, Graham King, producers (Warner Bros.)

* Half Nelson
Ryan Fleck, director; Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg, producers (ThinkFilm)

Little Children
Todd Field, director; Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Todd Field, producers (New Line Cinema)

Marie Antoinette
Sofia Coppola, director; Ross Katz, Sofia Coppola, producers (Sony Pictures)

Old Joy
Kelly Reichardt, director; Neil Kopp, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Anish Savjani, producers
(Kino International)

Best Documentary

Deliver Us from Evil
Amy Berg, director; Amy Berg, Frank Donner, Hermas Lassalle, Matthew Cooke, producers (Lionsgate)

Following Sean
Ralph Arlyck, director; Ralph Arlyck, Malcolm Pullinger, producers (Upstate Films/Shadow Releasing)

An Inconvenient Truth
Davis Guggenheim, director; Laurie David, Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns, producers
(Paramount Classics & Participant Productions)

* Iraq in Fragments
James Longley, director; James Longley, John Sinno, producers (Typecast Releasing in association with HBO Documentary Films)

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
Stanley Nelson, director/producer (Seventh Art Releasing)

Best Ensemble Cast

* Babel
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, Koji Yakusho, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Said Tarchani, Boubker Ait El Caid (Paramount Vantage)

For Your Consideration
Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine OHara, Parker Posey, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard
(Warner Independent Pictures)

Little Miss Sunshine
Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

A Prairie Home Companion
Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, L.Q. Jones, Sue Scott, Tim Russell (Picturehouse)

Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, PJ DeBoy, Raphael Barker, Peter Stickles, Jay Brannan, Justin Bond (ThinkFilm)

Breakthrough Director

Ramin Bahrani for Man Push Cart (Films Philos)
Laurie Collyer for Sherrybaby (IFC Films)
* Ryan Fleck for Half Nelson (ThinkFilm)
So Yong Kim for In Between Days
James Marsh for The King (ThinkFilm)

Breakthrough Actor (tie)

Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
* Shareeka Epps in Half Nelson (ThinkFilm)
Melinda Page Hamilton in Sleeping Dogs Lie (Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films)
* Rinko Kikuchi in Babel (Paramount Vantage)
Channing Tatum in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (First Look Pictures)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

* Choking Man
Steve Barron, director; Joshua Zeman, Zachary Mortensen, producers

Colma: The Musical
Richard Wong, director; Paul Kolsanoff, Richard Wong, Angel Vasquez, producers

In Between Days
So Yong Kim, director; Bradley Rust Gray, producer

The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief
Jake Clennell, director/producer

Wristcutters: A Love Story
Goran Dukic, director; Adam Sherman, Chris Coen, Tatiana Kelly, Mikal P. Lazarev, producer

Gotham Tribute: Kate Winslet, Edward Norton

World Cinema Tribute: Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro González Iñárritu

Humanitarian Tribute: Tim Robbins

Special Tribute: Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, partners in Wagner/Cuban Companies

Stockholm Film Festival winners

Sherrybaby (2006) by Laurie Collyer, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brad William Henke, Sam BottomsFor only the second time, the Stockholm Film Festival's Best Film award was presented to a female director, Laurie Collyer, whose feature-film debut, Sherrybaby, took the festival's top prize and brought star Maggie Gyllenhaal a Best Actress award. Earlier this year, Sherrybaby won those two honors at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The U.S.-made Sherrybaby tells the story of a former heroin addict who, after serving a three-year jail sentence, tries to prove to herself and to those around her that she can take care of her little daughter.

The Best Actor award went to Canadian-born Ryan Gosling for his superb portrayal of an idealistic drug-addicted New York City high-school teacher in the Ryan Fleck's Half Nelson, which has been nominated in three categories – including Best Film – for the Gotham (independent American film) Awards. Gosling has already won a Best Actor award the Seattle Film Festival.

The Best Directorial Debut award went to Daniel Sánchez Arévalo for Azuloscurocasinegro / Darkbluealmostblack, a Spanish drama about a young man's search for his own identity.

Beatrix Christian won the Best Screenplay award for Jindabyne, a psychological drama revolving around family relations, racism, and murder in a small Australian town. Jindabyne has been nominated for 9 Australian Film Institute awards, including Best Film. Directed by Ray Lawrence, it stars Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne.

The Audience Award went to Little Miss Sunshine, the crowd-pleasing (I'm clearly not part of the crowd) American comedy about a dysfunctional – but oh-so-loving – New Mexico family who discovers the profound lesson that life shouldn't be one beauty pageant after another. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine stars Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, and Steve Carell.

17th Stockholm Film Festival - 2006 Awards

The 17th Stockholm Film Festival Award was held between November 17-25, 2006.

Bronze Horse for Best film: Sherrybaby by Laurie Collyer

Best directorial debut: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo for Darkbluealmostblack

Best actressMaggie Gyllenhaal for Sherrybaby

Best actor: Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson

Best screenplay: Beatrix Christian for Jindabyne

Best cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle for The Last King of Scotland

Best short film: Adults Only by Joon Han Yeo

Star! Audience Award: Little Miss Sunshine by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

1 km film 2006: Amanda Adolfsson for Stilla Natt

Honorable mention: Göken by John Belfrage and Joni Huttunen

FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) best feature film award: Jindabyne by Ray Lawrence

Northern Light 2006: URO by Stefan Faldbakken

Mobile Movies: Malin Erixon for Together: Him and I

ifestival award: Lars Emil Arnason for Untitled Short Film

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lasse Hallström

The Stockholm Visionary Award: Darren Aronofsky

Competition Jury: Christian Volckmann (director), Tine Grew Pfeiffer (producer), Maria Bonnevie (actress), Måns Mårlind (director), Jockum Nordström (artist)

FIPRESCI Jury: Steve Ayorinde (The Punsch Newspaper), Tereza Brdeckova (Respekt), Maria Ulfsak (Eesti Ekspress, Postimees).

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