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Gotham Awards to Honor Richard Linklater With a Director Tribute

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Richard Linklater

The Independent Filmmaker Project will celebrate the prolific filmmaker, whose most recent work is "Before Midnight," at its Dec. 2 ceremony in New York.

The Independent Filmmaker Project will honor Richard Linklater with its Director Tribute at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, set for Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

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Linklater, whose most recent film is this year’s Before Midnight, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, has been making films since 1988's It’s Impossible to Plow by Reading Books. He made his name with 1991’s Slacker and 1993’s Dazed and Confused. His credits also include Suburbia, The Newton Boys, The Waking Life, Bad News Bears, A Scanner Darkly and Bernie.

Before Midnight is the final film in a trilogy, following a couple played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, that includes 1995’s Before Sunrise and 2004’s Before Sunset.

“Richard Linklater’s unique vision and voice -- in addition to the special characters he has created -- place him among the most prolific and poignant directors working today, and we are honored to celebrate his work,” IFP executive director Joana Vicente said.

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Nominees for this year’s Gotham Awards will be announced Oct. 24. The submission deadline is Sept. 20.

The awards ceremony will hand out trophies in seven competitive categories -- feature, actress, actor, documentary, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, breakthrough actor and the audience award -- and also will include three tributes, including the Industry Tribute, Director Tribute and an actor or actress to be announced.