Another day, another set of awards season tributes.
This time, the highly reputable Gotham Independent Film Awards announced this year’s career tribute recipients. Being recognized for their work are Natalie Portman (coincidentally starring in the upcoming “Brothers”), Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”), Stanley Tucci (“Julia & Julia” and “The Lovely Bones”) and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner who have a ridiculously long list of impressive credits through their Working Title label including the upcoming “A Serious Man,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Fargo,” “Atonement,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and many, many more (both are long overdue for Oscars by the way).
Considered the first “true” awards event of the season (sorry Hollywood Film Awards), the Gothams will take place on Nov. 20 at Cipriani Wall Street in New Your City. Nominations for additional awards including Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You will be announced October 19th. Those additional six categories will be voted on by the IFP membership which according to their release seems to be close to 10,000 members.
In other news, Newmarket Films has taken a dive into the deep end to acquire the rights to Jon Amiel’s yawner of a Charles Darwin biopic “Creation.” The opening night film at the Toronto Film Festival, the film was universally dismissed as a bore, of little commercial value and hardly a prestige or awards season player. Newmarket is no doubt hoping a campaign around Darwinism (which is ludicrous debate in 2009) and that the, um, star power of real life husband and wife Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly playing Mr. and Mrs. Darwin will help spark interest. Good luck with that.