Laura Dern and Glen Basner to Be Honored at 2019 IFP Gotham Awards

“Big Little Lies” actress and FilmNation Entertainment CEO join honorees Ava DuVernay and Sam Rockwell

Actress Laura Dern and FilmNation Entertainment CEO Glen Basner are set to receive tributes at the upcoming IFP Gotham Awards, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced Thursday.

Dern will receive the Actress Tribute, and Basner will receive the Industry Tribute from the awards ceremony that takes place on Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. They join Ava DuVernay and Sam Rockwell as the previously announced honorees, who are receiving the Director and Actor tributes.

“We are thrilled to be honoring the extraordinary talents of one of our most beloved actors, Laura Dern, with this year’s Actress Tribute. From her early roles in ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ to her more recent performances in ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Little Women’ and ‘Marriage Story.’ Laura transcends the screen and imbues each and every one of her characters with a deep intelligence and warmth,” Jeff Sharp, executive director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center, said in a statement.

He continued: “We are equally excited to present Glen Basner with the Industry Tribute. Glen has established himself as one of the most prolific and successful sales, finance, distribution and content-driven executives working today. Glen and his company FilmNation are part of the heart and soul of the New York film community. Both Laura and Glen embody the best of our independent film industry. Their commitment to the filmmaking craft and to the IFP continues to inspire.”

Dern was just announced to be returning to the cast of the third “Jurassic World” movie along with Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum. She’s a two-time Oscar nominee for her work in “Rambling Rose” and “Wild.” This year she’s already been seen in “Big Little Lies” and the films “JT Leroy” and “Trial By Fire,” but she’ll also star in the upcoming “Little Women” from director Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story.”

Basner is a prolific indie film and TV producer and financier. He’s been CEO of FilmNation since the company’s inception in 2008, garnering eight Oscars and over 40 nominations in that time. This year FilmNation has been behind “Late Night” and “Gloria Bell,” and the company has on the horizon “Pain and Glory” with Antonio Banderas, “The Personal History of David Copperfield” from director Armando Iannucci and the Carey Mulligan film “Promising Young Woman.”

The Gotham Awards are the first major awards show of the season.

Nominations will be announced on Oct. 24.

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