Elis by Hugo Prata leads this year's nominations for the Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (the Grand Prize of Brazilian Cinema), Brazil's national film award. The Elis Regina biopic earned 12 nominations including for Best Picture and for Best Actress. The other two films with the most nominations were Kleber Mendonça Filho's Aquarius with 11, and Gabriel Mascaro's Neon Bull / Boi Neon—winner of the Cinema Tropical Award for Best Film—with 10. Both films are competing for Best Picture and Best Director.
Rounding up the nominees for Best Brazilian Film are Don't Call Me Son / Mãe só há uma by Anna Muylaert and Nise: The Heart of Madness / Nise - O Coração da Loucura by Roberto Berliner. Muylaer is also nominated for Best Director along with Afonso Poyart for Mais Forte que o Mundo – A História de José Aldo and David Schurmann for Little Secret / Pequeno segredo.
Seven films have been nominated for Best Documentary Film: Cícero Dias, O Compadre De Picasso by Vladimir Carvalho, Cinema Novo by Eryk Rocha, Curumim by Marcos Prado, Eu Sou Carlos Imperial by Renato Terra and Ricardo Calil, Marias by Joana Mariani, Menino 23 – Infâncias Perdidas No Brasil by Belisario Franca, and Quanto Tempo o Tempo Tem by Adriana L. Dutra.
The winners of the Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasilerio will be announced at a ceremony on September 5 in Rio de Janeiro.