Todd Haynes, poised to be an awards-season contender this year with his upcoming film “Carol,” will receive the annual Directors Tribute at the 2015 Gotham Independent Film Awards. This year’s ceremony, set for Nov. 30 at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan, also will add a screenplay trophy to the evening’s roster, bringing the total number of competitive awards to eight.
The Director’s Tribute is one of a slate of annual Gotham Awards tributes that also include honors for actors and industry figures. Haynes earns this year’s tribute for a career that launched in 1987 with “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” a short film that retells Carpenter’s biography with Barbie dolls. Features have included “Poison,” the 1991 triptych of stories inspired by Jean Genet, and the 1995 Julianne Moore film “Safe.” After 1998 outing “Velvet Goldmine,” he reteamed with Moore for the much-lauded 2002 movie “Far From Heaven,” and more recent work has included “I’m Not There” (2007) and the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.”
His latest movie, “Carol,” caused a splash at Cannes earlier this year and earned Rooney Mara the festival’s award for best actress. The film, which also stars Cate Blanchett in an adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel, is set for release in November.
The new screenplay award, for which original and adapted works are eligible, joins a lineup of Gotham Awards that include feature, actor and actress, documentary, breakthrough director, breakthrough actor and an audience award.
The Gothams are one of the earliest events in the annual film-awards derby, and are considered by many to be the kickoff the season. Presented every year by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Gothams traditionally bestow early recognition on titles that will go on to become serious awards contenders. Recent winners have included “Birdman,” “Citizenfour” and “Boyhood.”
Submissions for the Gothams’ competitive awards will be accepted through Sept. 17. Recipients of the rest of the 2015 ceremony’s tributes will be announced in the coming weeks.