Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning director Ava DuVernay will receive the Director Tribute and Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winning actor Sam Rockwell will receive the Actor Tribute at the 2019 IFP Gotham Awards. The ceremony will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019, at Cipriani Wall Street, New York City.
Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her directorial work includes the historical drama Selma, the criminal justice documentary 13TH and Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest grossing black woman director in American box office history. Her most recent project is the multi Emmy-nominated When They See Us, which gave voice to the five teenage boys of color, frequently referred to as “The Central Park 5”, who were wrongfully convicted of a heinous crime they did not commit. Netflix released the astonishing 4-part series worldwide in May 2019. Currently, DuVernay is overseeing production on her critically acclaimed TV series Queen Sugar and her upcoming OWN series Cherish the Day. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her micro-budget film Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay amplifies the work of people of color and women through her non-profit film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.
Sam Rockwell is one of the most versatile actors of his generation with an array of emotionally searing and complex roles defining his body of work. Rockwell won the Academy Award®, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as ‘Officer Dixon’ in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, opposite Frances McDormand. He was also nominated for an Academy Award®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for his performance as ‘George W. Bush’ in Adam McKay’s Vice, starring opposite Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Most recently, Rockwell portrayed ‘Bob Fosse’ in FX’s Fosse/Verdon opposite Michelle Williams, earning him an Emmy nomination. Rockwell will next be seen in Fox Searchlight’s highly anticipated World War II satire, JoJo Rabbit. The dark comedy, written and directed by Taika Waititi, is based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, about a lonely young boy living during World War II who discovers his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. With his only escapism through his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his naive patriotic beliefs. The film will be released on October 18th, 2019 and also stars Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Scarlett Johansson.