Gotham Awards, NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment to Honor Aziz Ansari, Judith Light
NYC film commissioner Julie Menin and deputy mayor Alicia Glen will receive an appreciation award at the event, honoring the best in independent film and media.
The Gotham Awards is adding three New York City-themed honors to this year's ceremony.
The NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment will receive a special appreciation award, celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York City's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. NYC film commissioner Julie Menin and deputy mayor Alicia Glen will accept the honor and then present two "Made in NY" awards to Aziz Ansari (Master of None) and Judith Light (Transparent).
“MOME has played an integral role in the growth and prosperity of the media industry in New York City over the past 50 years," Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, which presents the Gotham Awards, and the Made in NY Media Center, said Thursday in a statement. "Their efforts have not only created jobs and bolstered the creative economy, but also created opportunities for the many diverse communities of our city to contribute to the cultural landscape through arts and entertainment.”
Added Menin: “We are thrilled to receive this honor from the IFP and Gotham Awards, recognizing our agency’s 50-year legacy of bringing magic to New York City and the world. Through the years, so many dedicated professionals have brought their creativity and drive to our streets, bringing one of the great essential characters to life: New York City. Simply put, there is no greater place to create film, theatre and television. Nor is there a greater talent pool than in New York City, which is exemplified by our two honorees, Aziz Ansari and Judith Light."
Ansari's Netflix series Master of None is up for a Gotham Award for best breakthrough series, longform.
The 2016 Gotham Awards are set to take place Nov. 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. Previously announced tributes also will be given to Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, Oliver Stone and Arnon Milchan.