Is 2015 Todd Haynes’ big year? The director premiered “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May (winning Mara a Best Actress award in the process), and it was recently announced the period drama would open in an awards-friendly November 20 slot. Now, just a few days later, Haynes will be honored with the Director Tribute at IFP’s 25th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Per Gotham, “Each year, the Director Tribute is awarded to a veteran filmmaker with unique vision who has made a significant contribution to the motion picture industry. Todd Haynes exemplifies the true independent spirit, with a career spanning over the last three decades and a truly extraordinary and uncompromising body of work.”
“We are thrilled to present the Director Tribute to Todd Haynes in our 25th Anniversary year,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP and Made in NY Media Center. “Todd’s career exemplifies precisely the kind of visionary, independent filmmaking the Gotham Awards first began championing in 1991.”
Last year’s Gotham Awards included tributes to director Bennett Miller, Tilda Swinton and Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.
IFP is also adding a new category for the first time — Best Screenplay Award, which brings it total slate up to eight categories. According to IFP: “Best Screenplay be awarded to an outstanding screenplay for an independent fiction feature. The screenplay may be an original work or one adapted from previously published or existing work in any medium. The IFP Gotham Independent Film Award will be presented to the film’s credited writers.”
The eight competitive Gotham Awards now include: Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Audience Award and Best Screenplay.
Nominees for the 25th Gotham Awards will be announced on October 22, and winners will be honored at a ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 30.