Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Hilary to receive Gotham tribute

Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank and Darren Aronofsky are to receive career tributes at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Robert Duvall and Focus Features CEO James Schamus will also be honoured with gongs at the 20th anniversary of the ceremony, which takes place on November 29 in New York.

Oscar winner Hilary has been praised for her portrayal of Betty Anne Waters in Conviction, while Darren's Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, is quickly winning acclaim and Oscar buzz.

"We are moved and honoured to give tribute to four cinematic film luminaries, all of whom have had their roots in independent film, and have steadfastly focused on the art of film, irrespective of the size of the budget of their work," said Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Filmmakers Project, which organises the awards.

"This year's tributes personify independent spirit and have created an astonishing breadth of work that we are proud to celebrate. James won the producing award in 1996 and Darren was our Breakthrough Director in 1998. We are thrilled to honour them again for their deserving careers."

She added: "Robert and Hilary's work have enriched our lives; from the smallest of indies to the largest of Hollywood features, we are in awe of their talent and look forward to what lies ahead."

The Gotham Independent Film Awards marks the official beginning of the film awards season and celebrates independent film.

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