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Gotham Awards add pair of prizes
2004-11-11 00:19:23 XinhuaEnglish
BEIJING, Nov. 11(Xinhuanet)-- The Independent Feature Project/New York's 14th annual Gotham Awards, set for Dec. 1 in Manhattan, will introduce a best film category, with one award for best feature and another for best documentary.

The nominees for best feature, announced Tuesday, are Richard Linklater's"Before Sunset," Michel Gondry's"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," David O. Russell's"I Heart Huckabees," Shane Curruth's"Primer" and Alexander Payne's"Sideways."

Nominees for best documentary are Jonathan Demme's"The Agronomist," Ross McElwee's"Bright Leaves," Michael Moore's"Fahrenheit 9/11," Jessica Yu's"In the Realms of the Unreal" and Jonathan Caouette's"Tarnation."

In announcing the new awards, which will be chosen by a jury, Michelle Byrd, executive director of IFP/New York, said:"We thought we could expand our basic Gothams tribute concept and give a nod toward our proximity to awards season. We believe that filmmaking that is more firmly in the grasp of filmmakers, and not made by committee, is the type of work that IFP/New York should celebrate."

In addition, IFP/New York announced that director Mike Leigh, who is currently represented onscreen by Fine Line's"Vera Drake," will received its Filmmaker Award for Lifetime Achievement, the first international filmmaker to be so honored.

Film exhibitor and distributor Dan Talbot is set to receive the Industry Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work introducing classic foreign-language films and American independents to the U.S. marketplace.

The Gotham Awards will be presented at a ceremony at Pier Sixty, the Chelsea Piers, and will air live on IFC.


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