Willem Dafoe and Paul Greengrass will receive the actor and director tribute, respectively, at the 2018 IFP Gotham Awards, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced Wednesday.
The ceremony will be held on Nov. 26 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
“Willem Dafoe is one of the most iconic actors of our generation. Throughout his legendary career, he has consistently brought versatility, boldness and daring complexity to his roles. Whether a Hollywood tentpole franchise or a small-scale independent film, Willem’s artistic curiosity has led him to film and theatre projects all over the world, making him one of the most internationally respected actors. The IFP is thrilled to be honoring Willem with the Actor Tribute this year,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. “We are equally delighted to present Paul Greengrass with the Director Tribute. Paul brings a startling realism to all of his films whether directing a stellar cast in a cat and mouse thriller that stretches around the globe or directing relative unknowns in a tragic docudrama within the confines of a doomed plane. His singular ability to create a visual – and visceral – narrative from his meticulously redrawing of impactful historical events will have a lasting influence on cinema for generations to come.”
Dafoe has appeared in over 100 films and plays, and has worked with some of the biggest directors including Kathryn Bigelow, Wes Anderson, Lars Von Trier, Werner Herzog, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese. He’s been nominated three times for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, most recently for his role in “The Florida Project.”
Dafoe next stars in Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate” as Vincent Van Gogh, which made its debut at the 75th Venice Film Festival, where Dafoe won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. It will next close out the 2018 New York Film Festival. His other upcoming projects include James Wan’s “Aquaman,” Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” and Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse.”
Greengrass delivered three Bourne films, including “The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Jason Bourne.” He also directed the 9/11 film, “United 93,” which was nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Director. In 2013, he directed “Captain Phillips,” which starred Tom Hanks and was nominated for six Academy Awards.
His upcoming film, “22 July,” is a dramatization of the Norwegian terrorist attack in 2012.
The IFP previously announced that Rachel Weisz and Jon Kamen would receive the Actress Tribute and the Industry Tribute, respectively. Previous honorees including Al Gore, Oliver Stone, Todd Haynes, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Amy Adams, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford and Gus Van Sant.