Craig Robinson (“The Office”) is nominated for Best Actor by the Gotham Independent Film Awards for his outstanding performance in “Morris from America” and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
“Morris from America” premiered on DIRECTV Cinema as part of its exclusive program where films are released 30 days prior to their theatrical debut.
Chad Hartigan’s (“This Is Martin Bonner”) charming, funny coming-of-age film received nearly unanimously excellent reviews from critics and is currently ranked 89% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Robinson played his first dramatic role as the father of Morris (played by newcomer Markees Christmas in a breakout performance). He broke through perceptions as a comedic actor by taking on this complex, emotionally nuanced and toned-down part. His openness to taking risks and ability to succeed in this very different kind of role shows his flexibility and commitment as an actor.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards kick off the award season by honoring the year’s outstanding achievements in independent film. Early season recognition went to the best independent films, directors, producers, writers and actors.
This will not be the first recognition “Morris from America” received. The film already earned 2 prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Hartigan took home the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for his original script, and Robinson received the Special Jury Award for his performance.
The 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards be held Nov. 28, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and wishing Craig all the luck to take home the grand prize!
Hanny Patel is Vice President of Video Marketing for AT&T Entertainment Group