In addition to Sachs receiving a Best Director nod, he and Mauricio Zacharias scored in Best Screenplay. And star Thure Lindhardt (at right, in green) got a Best Actor nomination as Erik, who watches his successful young boyfriend (Zachary Booth) spiral into drug abuse and self- neglect.
It was a good year for queer flicks at the ISAs: Bernie, Richard Linklater’s quirky story of a closeted undertaker (Best Male Lead nominee Jack Black), also nabbed a Best Feature nod.
Queer filmmaker Johnathan Liseki got a Best First Screenplay nomination for Gayby, his heartfelt comedy about a gay man and a straight woman trying to have a child. And The Perks of Being a Wallflower, with out actor Ezra Miller playing a brash gay teen, graced the Best First Feature list.
On a more somber note, actor Wendell Pierce was nominate for Best Lead for playing a married man on the down-low with a teenage boy, in the intense drama Four.
And filmmaker/activist David France scored a Best Documentary nomination for How to Survive a Plague, which traces the rise of activist groups ACT UP and TAG in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.