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Gotham Awards Nominations Announced this AM. “12 Years a Slave…” leads

So now it’s officially started. Awards season I mean, with the announcement this morning of the Gotham Awards.

The Gothams are New York’s answer to the Indie Spirit Awards which are held and given out in LA. They don’t often match up, but they DO help, as they’re supposed to, small indie films reach some kind of early recognition before they get clobbered in the main races by The Majors.

As Guy Lodge says this morning at  http://www.hitfix.com “To the surprise of no one ’12 Years a Slave’ leads the pack with three nominations,” Best Picture, Best Breakthrough Actor for the stunning newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, while the  brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor is mentioned in the newly created Best Actor category.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/12-years-a-slave-before-midnight-in-line-for-gold-at-gotham-awards#HTAAOvGJKl8aTC4X.99

I look forward every year to the Gothams. For a few brief, shining moments, New York feels like a film capital. It’s only one night though. Most of the film biz is in L.A. as I”m sure you all know, dear readers, dear cineastes. And with Focus Features closing it’s New York offices, things are looking bleaker than ever for indie films in in the Big Apple. But the Gothams soldier on. You can read all about the other categories and contenders and Guy’s astute analysis at Hit Fix, as it says above.

Heat Wave in New York continues. Dangerous to even go outside!

The stiflingly hot record heat wave continues to suffocate New York City, and most of the rest of the country, making it too hot to even go outside. Just stuck therefore INSIDE, where the air-conditioning is.

I can’t ever remember it being so hot that going outdoors was dangerous. It must’ve been over 110 degrees in the part of town I live it. The last time I was able to go out, and live to talk about it was several days ago when it was ONLY in the 90s.

The air was like breathing poison. The pollution of a thickness it was almost liquid. You could smell it and taste it. Awful.

Have had to cancel nearly all appointments.

I did however see TWO movies at Press Screenings on Thursday, the last time I ventured out. “The Whistleblower” and “Gun Hill Road” both of which I thankfully liked. So it was worth the trek through the crowded mid-town streets.

But yesterday, Friday, and now today, Saturday, it’s just frighteningly hot. Even crossing the street seems impossible.

The power grid, as they keep referring to it on the TV, is pushed to the max. The TV weather says it’s “ONLY” in the 90s today. Ugh! I’m a prisoner of Zenda, as the old saying goes.

I’m reading David McCollough’s entrancing “The Greater Journey” about the Americans who traveled to Paris in 1830-1900 and the immense impact Paris had on their lives. LOVE IT!

And am preparing via email and phone for my own great annual journey to the Montreal Film Festival in about a month or less. It’s earlier this year, which means I’ll be going to Montreal and then coming back to New York. Then having a break from I head to the Toronto Film Festival in September.

I keep projecting forward, thinking of those wonderful COOLER places in Canada, where I’ve gone now for 12 straight years. CAN NOT WAIT! Wish I was in Canada NOW! It’s got to be cooler up there, right?

This heat seems never-ending.

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