Jordan Peele's suburban horror "Get Out" collected four nominations in seven possible categories, with teen drama "Call Me by Your Name," comedy drama "Lady Bird" and atypical summer break movie "The Florida Project" not far behind.
The film industry's 2017 awards season is getting underway as the Gotham Awards unveiled its latest raft of nominated features and documentaries.
The New York-based gala is oriented towards US-made, independently produced films. The 2016 Best Feature winner, "Moonlight," went on to scoop Best Picture awards at the Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards and, somewhat surprisingly, the Oscars.
Released in February 2017 to rave reviews and a monumental $253 million box office, some 50 times over its modest production budget, meet-the-parents horror "Get Out" goes into the Gotham Awards with a field-leading four nominations.
Lead character, Chris, crosses racial lines when his Caucasian girlfriend invites him to meet her parents at their upstate family home.
But simple nerves give way to unease and then terror as it appears the Armitage family and their neighbors hide an awful secret that puts newcomers like Chris in grave danger.
As well as a nod in the Best Feature grand prize category, the Independent Filmmaker Project recognized "Get Out" with nominations for Breakthrough Director (Jordan Peele), Best Screenplay (Peele again), and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya, previously of "Sicario" and "Johnny English Reborn").
Going into the November 27 awards ceremony on three nominations apiece are "Call Me by Your Name," "Lady Bird," and "The Florida Project."
The story of a teenager who becomes interested in an older man while on holiday with his parents and girlfriend, "Call Me by Your Name" was adapted from a highly rated novel and has been nominated for Best Feature and Best Screenplay.
Timothée Chalamet, otherwise known for his turns in "Homeland" and "Interstellar," goes into the combined breakthrough actor and actress category.
Another coming of age movie, "Lady Bird" has been put forward for Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) as well as Best Screenplay and Breakthrough Director (both for Greta Gerwig.)
And "The Florida Project," which follows a sassy six-year old through her summer break at the low-budget hotel her mother stays at, has collected nominations for Best Actor (Willem Dafoe), Breakthrough Actor (debutant Brooklynn Prince) and Best Feature (director Sean Baker of "Tangerine" fame).
Elsewhere, the nominations announcement could prove a well-timed boon for convent drama "Novitiate," which goes on limited US release from October 27, with Willem Dafoe's "Death Note" co-star Margaret Qualley as its lead and director Maggie Betts now a potential winner of the Gotham Awards' breakthrough director accolade.
Romantic drama "Columbus" collected two nominations, one for feature film debutant Koganada as Breakthrough Director, the other for Haley Lu Richardson (M. Night Shyamalan's "Split") in the Breakthrough Actor grouping.
Together, "Get Out," "Call Me by Your Name," "Lady Bird" and "Columbus" make up four of the five Best Feature nominees, the fifth being highly-rated Robert Pattinson heist thriller "Good Time."
A full list of nominees can be found on the IFP website.