Actor and filmmaker Kristen Stewart will receive a Performer Tribute and President of Magnolia Pictures, Eamonn Bowles, will receive the Industry Tribute during the 2021 Gotham Awards Ceremony taking place live and in person on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
Stewart’s most recent film, Pablo Larraín’s critically-acclaimed Spencer, had its world premiere in-competition at the Venice International Film Festival on September 3rd and is scheduled to be released by NEON theatrically nationwide on November 5th. Since the film’s debut and subsequent screenings at Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Stewart’s performance as Princess Diana has been lauded as the best of her career and has garnered growing Oscar buzz.
In 2015, Stewart became the first American actress to be awarded a Cesar Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, in which she starred alongside Juliette Binoche. She received several other accolades for Clouds of Sils Maria including the Best Supporting Actress prize from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, among numerous others.
This year’s Industry Tribute will go to Eamonn Bowles, President of Magnolia Pictures, the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies. Bowles, who started Magnolia twenty years ago with partner Bill Banowsky, has since been a pioneer in developing alternative distribution strategies. Some of Magnolia’s more prominent releases include Man on Wire, I Am Not Your Negro, RBG, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior, Collective, Bubble, Shoplifters, Jesus Camp, The Host, The Square, John Lewis: Good Trouble, The Wolfpack and Blackfish among others. Filmmaker Alex Gibney, a frequent collaborator of Magnolia, will present the tribute to Bowles.
Prior to his work at Magnolia, Bowles was president of Shooting Gallery Pictures, the distribution arm of Shooting Gallery. Before that he was Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Marketing at Miramax and also served as Chief Operating Officer of Shining Excalibur Pictures, the entity formed by the Weinstein brothers to distribute Larry Clark’s controversial Kids. At the Samuel Goldwyn Company, Bowles served as Head of Distribution, where he was responsible for the release of The Wedding Banquet, Much Ado About Nothing, Eat Drink Man Woman, The Madness of King George, and Go Fish. He has also served as main programmer for the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival and New York’s famed repertory theatre, the Thalia.