The 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Award nominations were announced this morning, effectively kicking off the precursor season. Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" and Sean Durkin's "Martha Marcy May Marlene" were the big winners with three nominations apiece.
Considering that and given that Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" also showed up in the Best Feature category (the film's only nomination), I'm sure Fox Searchlight is smiling big today. The studio racked up an impressive eight nominations total (the other being a Breakthrough Director tip of the hat for "Another Earth" helmer Mike Cahill).
Most surprising is the absence of "it" girl of the year Jessica Chastain in the Breakthrough Actress category, which predictably includes the two ladies who'll surely duke it out for similar awards all year long: Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones.