Gotham Award to Honor Don Cheadle and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
by Eugene Hernandez
IFP/New York has unveiled the first two honorees for the 14th annual Gotham Awards. The event, which this year will take place on December 1st, will honor Don Cheadle with the Gotham Actor Award, while the inaugural "Celebrate New York Tribute" will spotlight Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
This year's Gothams mark a change, with the scope of the prizes expanding to honor talent from New York, Los Angeles and around the world. This is also the first time that the event has moved from its anchor position during the annual IFP Market, to make it part of the end of year awards season.
"New York is physically and culturally a bridge between the film industries in Los Angeles, Europe and the rest of the world," noted IFP/New York executive director Michelle Byrd in a statement. "We that as our reference, we look forward to celebrating a roster of talented individuals whose impact on our culture has certainly been felt in our hometown of New York City, as well as throughout the world."
Don Cheadle, appearing in the upcoming films "Hotel Rwanda," "Ocean's Twelve," "Crash," and "The Assassination of Richard Nixon," has appeared in such films as "Devil in a Blue Dress," "Ocean's Eleven," "Traffic," "Boogie Nights," and "Out of Sight."
The new "Celebrate New York" tribute was designed, in the words of the IFP/New York, "to acknowledge a film that was shot in New York and expands the boundaries of creative expression." Cast and crew of the film are expected to attend. Michel Gondry's latest, written by Charlie Kaufman, stars Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson. It was produced by New York companies This Is That and Anonymous Content, and distributed by Focus Features.
The 2004 Gotham Awards will air live this year on IFC.