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The Gotham Independent Film Awards, jumping the gun on the 2010 prize season, have nominated a number of movies that have actually played Charm City and/or premiered at the Maryland Film Festival. Even one of the "Best Films Not Playing at a Theater Near You" was the closing presentation at the Chesapeake Film Festival. And a couple of nominees have Baltimore or Maryland creative connections. Please fill me in if I've missed any.

Best Feature: Three have opened in Baltimore: "The Kids Are All Right" by Lisa Cholodenko (Baltimore-bred Bart Walker, a partner in Cinetic Media, helped get it to the screen); "Let Me In" by Matt Reeves; and "Winter's Bone" by Debra Granik, who grew up in Maryland. "Black Swan" by Darren Aronofsky and "Blue Valentine" by Derek Cianfrance have not yet been released or shown at festivals here.

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Best Documentary: "12th & Delaware" by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady played at the Maryland Film Festival and has aired on HBO; "The Oath" by Laura Poitras also played at the MFF and has aired on PBS; "Public Speaking" by Martin Scorsese and "Sweetgrass" by Lucien Castai haven't been seen at festivals or regular screenings here; "Inside Job," by Charles Ferguson, arrives November 5.

Best Ensemble Performance: "Tiny Furniture" played at the Maryland Film Festival; "Please Give" had a good run at the Charles; "The Kids Are All Right" (again, a Baltimore hit); "Winter's Bone" (ditto); "Life During Wartime."

Breakthrough Director: John Wells for "The Company Men"; Kevin Asch for "Holy Rollers"; Glenn Ficarra and John Requa for "I Love You Phillip Morris"; Tanya Hamilton for "Night Catches Us" (Hamilton came to the Maryland Film Festival with her movie); Lena Dunham for "Tiny Furniture" (Dunham also came to the MFF with her movie).

Breakthrough Actor: Prince Adu in "Prince of Broadway"; Ronald Bronstein in "Daddy Longlegs" (Bronstein came with the film to the Maryland Film Festival, along with directors Josh and Benny Safdie); Greta Gerwig in "Greenberg" (a hit in Baltimore, now on DVD -- and Gerwig has been a frequent guest of the MFF, though not for this film); Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone" (as noted, a favorite in Baltimore); John Ortiz in "Jack Goes Boating" (also played in Baltimore).

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You (and they mean anywhere, including Baltimore): "Kati with an i" by Robert Greene, director; "Littlerock" by Mike Ott; "On Coal River" by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood (the closing attraction at the Chesapeake Film Festival); "Summer Pasture" by Lynn True and Nelson Walker; "The Wolf Knife" by Laurel Nakadate.

Top: clockwise from left, Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, Mia Wasikowska and Mark Ruffalo are shown in a scene from "The Kids are All Right."

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