Darren Aronofsky earns Gotham tribute

Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall, James Schamus also feted

Darren Aronofsky, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall and Focus Features CEO James Schamus will be toasted with career tributes Nov. 29 during the 20th anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Presented by New York-based indie film organization IFP, the Gothams, which also dole out awards in seven competitive categories, help kick off awards season.

The honorees have films that are in the developing awards mix: Duvall stars in Sony Pictures Classics' "Get Low"; Swank headlines "Conviction," which Fox Searchlight releases Oct. 15; and Aronofsky directed "Black Swan," which Searchlight opens Dec. 1.

Schamus will be recognized for his career as an exec at first Good Machine and Focus; his collaborations with Ang Lee, with whom he's worked as a producer or writer on 11 films, including "Brokeback Mountain"; and his work as an author and film professor at Columbia University's School of the Arts."

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"This year's tributes personify independent spirit and have created an astonishing breadth of work that we are proud to celebrate," IFP executive director Joana Vicente said. "James Schamus won the producing award in 1996, and Darren Aronofsky was our breakthrough director in 1998. We are thrilled to honor them again for their deserving careers. Robert Duvall and Hilary Swank'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."

Nominees in the competitive categories will be announced Oct. 18.