Your Awards Season Update, NFF Style

Holiday cheer brings all movie lovers together with a little eggnog, a warm fire, our Early Bird Patron Pass discount sale ($300 off), and, of course, awards season.

Here at NFF, we're immensely proud of the 2013 Film Festival alumnus—filmmakers and actors—honored so far this season. We hope to see their names (and more!) in the upcoming months as the industry prepares to unveil its other Guild award nominations for writers, directors, and producers, and the granddaddy of them all: the Academy Awards, announced on January 16.

A special mention goes out to writer/director David O. Russell's American Hustle. Russell was honored at the 2013 Nantucket Film Festival with our Screenwriters Tribute, saluting his already outstanding contributions on the page and screen. American Hustle, which he wrapped just before attending NFF in June, is making huge waves with critics and the industry (and will hit select theater tomorrow,  nationwide December 20). Russell is joined in the year-end kudos by past Screenwriters Tributee Alexander Payne (2006) for his latest film Nebraska.

Below you'll find a recap of the movie awards season thus far. Enjoy, and check back for more awards updates in January!

AMERICAN HUSTLE (From writer/director David O. Russell, the 2013 Screenwriter Tribute honoree.)

Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, Screenplay (Russell, Eric W. Singer), Director (Russell), Actress – Comedy/Musical (Amy Adams), Actor – Comedy/Musical (Christian Bale), Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper).

Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Ensemble Cast, Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Film, Best Screenplay (Russell, Singer), Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence)

American Film Institute: Top 10 Movie of the Year

FRUITVALE STATION

Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Feature (Ryan Coogler; producers Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker), Best Male Lead (Michael B. Jordan), Best Supporting Female (Melonie Diaz)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best First Film (Coogler)

Gotham Independent Film Awards: WINNER – Breakthrough Director (Coogler), WINNER – Breakthrough Actor (Jordan), Audience Award

National Board of Review Awards: Top 10 Film of the Year, Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Breakthrough Performance (Jordan), Best Directorial Debut (Coogler)

American Film Institute: Top 10 Movie of the Year

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

Independent Spirit Awards: Best Documentary Feature

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature (Shortlist Qualifier)

National Board of Review Awards: Top 5 Documentary of the Year

SHORT TERM 12

Independent Spirit Awards: Best Female Lead (Brie Larson), Best Supporting Male (Keith Stanfield)

Gotham Independent Film Awards: WINNER – Best Actress (Larson)

National Board of Review Awards: Top 10 Independent Film of the Year

THE SPECTACULAR NOW

Independent Spirit Awards: Best Screenplay (Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber), Best Female Lead (Shailene Woodley)

Gotham Independent Film Awards: Best Actress (Woodley)

National Board of Review Awards: Top 10 Independent Film of the Year

THE HUNT

Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Awards: Best Foreign Film

National Board of Review Awards: Top 5 Foreign Language Film of the Year

IN A WORLD…

Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Screenplay (Lake Bell)

National Board of Review Awards: Top 10 Independent Film of the Year

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

Gotham Independent Film Awards: Best Feature,

National Board of Review Awards: Top 10 Independent Film of the Year

WADJDA

Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Feature (Haifaa Al Mansour; producers Gerhard Meixner, Roman Pau)

National Board of Review Awards: NBR Freedom of Expression Award

CONCUSSION

Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Feature (Stacie Passon; producer Rose Troche)

Gotham Independent Film Awards: Breakthrough Director (Passon), Breakthrough Actor (Robin Weigert)

THE CRASH REEL

Gotham Independent Film Awards: Best Documentary Feature

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature (Shortlist Qualifier)

CRYSTAL FAIRY

Independent Spirit Awards: Best Female Lead (Gaby Hoffmann), John Cassavetes Award (Film Budget under $500K)

BLACKFISH

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature (Shortlist Qualifier)

CUTIE AND THE BOXER

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature (Shortlist Qualifier)

GOD LOVES UGANDA

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature (Shortlist Qualifier)

LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature (Shortlist Qualifier)

GIDEON’S ARMY

Independent Spirit Awards: Best Documentary Feature

NEWLYWEEDS

Independent Spirit Awards: “Someone To Watch” Award (Shaka King)

OUR NIXON

Gotham Independent Film Awards: Best Documentary Feature

MONSTER’S UNIVERSITY

Annie Awards: 10 nominations, including Best Animated Feature

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Animate Feature – Runner-Up