Steve Buscemi to Fete Late James Gandolfini at Gotham Awards

Posted by Brian Brooks on 11.20.2013


James Ganolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a scene from Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said.

Steve Buscemi will present a posthumous tribute to James Gandolfini at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday, December 2. Gandolfini joins the previously announced tributes to Forest Whitaker, Richard Linklater and Katherine Oliver at the event, which will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

James Gandolfini was an actor and producer appeared a variety of motion picture and television roles and is currently in Nicole Holofcener's romantic comedy Enough Said opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus and in 2014, in Animal Rescue, alongside Tom Hardy.  He is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the award-winning HBOseries, The Sopranos. His portrayal of the crime boss brought him three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He also won five Screen Actors Guild Awards, including three for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series and two shared with The Sopranos cast for Outstanding Ensemble Cast.

Other recent film credits cited by organizers in announcing the tribute include: Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-nominated drama Zero Dark Thirty, Geoffrey Fletcher's Violet and Daisy; David Chase's Not Fade Away, which debuted at the 2012 New York Film Festival; Andrew Dominik's crime thriller Killing Them Softly, with Brad Pitt; Jake Scott's Welcome to the Rileys; director Tony Scott's The Taking of Pelham 123; and Armando Iannucci's independent feature In the Loop.  Gandolfini's other notable roles include the woman-beating Mob henchman Virgil in True Romance, enforcer/stuntman Bear in Get Shorty, and the impulsive Wild Thing Carol in Where the Wild Things Are

"We are honored to pay tribute to a man whose life and work has inspired and moved so many who knew him personally, or through his vast body of work on the stage and screen, where he collaborated with so many independent artists to bring to life unforgettable, iconic characters,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of the IFP and the Made in New York Media Center by IFP. Added Buscemi: "James Gandolfini was a friend, an inspiration, and an extraordinary talent whose presence is missed by all of us who knew and loved him.  It is an honor to present this tribute at the Gotham Awards recognizing his impact."

The Gotham Independent Film Awards are ogranized by Film Independent (IFP), which also hosts the annual Independent Film Week at Lincoln Center in September.

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