Ebert to appear at Gotham Awards

Veteran critic will be given special tribute

NEW YORK -- Roger Ebert will make his first New York public appearance since falling ill when he receives a special tribute at the Gotham Awards next month.

The Gothams are expected to announce Friday that the veteran critic will be given the tribute and will also appear at the ceremony in New York on Nov. 27 to accept the honor.

Ebert has been recovering from cancer and a burst carotid artery since the summer of 2006. He continues to review movies for the Chicago Sun-Times, and has made a number of appearances at screenings and festivals since he first emerged at his own Overlooked Film Festival in Illinois last April.

The trade-group IFP, which organize the prizes celebrating New York film, is also expected to announce Friday that set designer Mark Friedberg will be given a tribute. Friedberg boasts a wide range of credits, working with directors such as Ang Lee, Todd Haynes and Wes Anderson.

The new tributes come after an announcement earlier in the week that New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Javier Bardem, IFC Films chief Jonathan Sehring and producer-director Mira Nair will also be honored at the event.

Nominees for the prizes in the competitive categories will be announced Monday.