Todd Haynes to Receive Director Tribute at 2015 Gotham Awards

The New York-based awards will also add a new category, Best Screenplay

Todd Haynes at Cannes
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Todd Haynes will receive the Director Tribute at the Independent Film Project’s 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, IFP announced on Thursday.

The ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 30, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, on a night when Haynes’ latest film, “Carol,” could well be a major contender for competitive Gotham Awards.

“Carol,” which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was one of the festival’s most lavishly praised films. The Weinstein Company will release it in the U.S. in November.

Haynes’ previous films include “Poison,” “Safe,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “Far From Heaven” and “I’m Not There,” as well as the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.”

Recipients of this year’s Gotham actor tribute and industry tribute have yet to be announced.

IFP also announced that the Gotham Awards will add a new category, Best Screenplay, bringing the total number of competitive awards to eight: Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Audience Award and Best Screenplay.

Recent Gotham winners include “Birdman,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “The Tree of Life.”

The deadline for submitting entries to the Gotham Awards is Sept. 17, with juries selecting the winners in all competitive categories except the Audience Award. Online voting for that award is open to IFP members, and will take in November.

Nominations will be announced on Oct. 22.