Independent Feature Project (IFP) just announced the Tributees and Nominees for the 16th Annual Gotham Awards. The Awards will be presented on Wednesday, November 29, at New York's Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. The annual Gotham Awards, presented by IFP, celebrate the authentic voices behind and in front of the camera in films made this year.

By recognizing that the best films come from a place that is more firmly rooted in the grasp of filmmakers - and not made by committee - the Gotham Awards salute the innovative American films and filmmakers whose passion and vision make their way on to the screen year after year.

The 2006 Gotham Award Nominees are:

Best Feature

The Departed

Half Nelson

Little Children

Marie Antoinette

Old Joy

Best Documentary

Deliver Us from Evil

Following Sean

An Inconvenient Truth

Iraq in Fragments

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Best Ensemble Cast


For Your Consideration

Little Miss Sunshine

A Prairie Home Companion


Breakthrough Director

Rahmin 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

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

Colma: The Musical

In Between Days

The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief

Wristcutters: A Love Story

Kate Winslet ~ Edward Norton

Alfonso Cuarón ~ Guillermo Del Toro ~ Alejandro González Iñárritu

Selecting the ultimate winners will be five separate juries of peers involved in making films. The winner of the "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You," will be selected by the editors of IFP's magazine, Filmmaker. Winners of the 2006 Gotham Awards will be announced live at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 29.