Ryan Murphy, Steve McQueen Set to Receive Gotham Awards Tributes

2020 IFP Gotham Awards Steve McQueen and Ryan Murphy
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The two directors will be recognized with Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman at the independent film ceremony.

Steve McQueen and Ryan Murphy are set to receive the Gotham Independent Film Awards' director's and industry tributes, respectively.

The two will be recognized alongside actor's tribute honoree Chadwick Boseman and actress tribute honoree Viola Davis, both of whom are starring in George C. Wolfe's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on Netflix Dec. 18.

McQueen, who won an Oscar for his role as a producer on best picture winner 12 Years a Slave, recently helmed the Small Axe anthology series of five films about discrimination in London's West Indian community, from the late 1960s to mid-1980s. The series is airing on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. His other film credits include Hunger, Shame and Widows.

Murphy's latest project is the star-studded big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, The Prom, for Netflix. The Emmy-, Tony- and Peabody-winning writer-director-producer is known for his prolific TV work, including creating such series as Nip/Tuck, Glee, Pose, The Politician, Ratched and American Horror Story and Crime Story. The Prom, which begins streaming on Friday, marks the first film under Murphy's groundbreaking Netflix deal. He previously directed the films Eat Pray Love, Running With Scissors and The Normal Heart.

“Steve McQueen is a force within the industry, directing one of most impactful and influential films of the year. His bold, masterful storytelling has riveted audiences for the past decade making him one of the most iconic filmmakers today,” Jeffrey Sharp, executive director of IFP, which presents the Gotham Awards, said in a statement. “Ryan Murphy has created some of the most cherished and acclaimed television series and films in recent years. Ryan across his many successful shows has built a home on the screen where his characters, and frankly all of us feel included, making him one of the most dynamic and well-loved creators by colleagues and audiences alike. Steve and Ryan’s commitment to inclusivity within the industry and their continued support for independent film and television is completely in line with IFP’s mission, and we look forward to honoring them this year.”

Kelly Reichardt's First Cow leads this year's Gotham nominations with four nods, with the following films each earning two nods: Eliza Hittman's Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Chloé Zhao's Nomadland, Radha Blank's The Forty-Year-Old Version, Charlie Kaufman's I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Andrew Patterson's The Vast of Night, Channing Godfrey Peoples' Miss Juneteenth, Sean Durkin's The Nest and Alex Thompson's Saint Frances.

The 30th annual Gotham Awards ceremony will take place in a hybrid format on Monday, Jan. 11, live from the show's regular venue, New York's Cipriani Wall Street, with virtual interactive tables.