BREAKING… Matt Damon, David O Russell and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll will be awarded career tribute honors at the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards. The trio will be feted on November 26 at Cipriani Wall Street along with the usual awards that focus on the year’s indie fare.
The honorees are in the middle of films that should factor in awards season. Damon stars in the Gus Van Sant-directed Focus Features drama Promised Land (he wrote the script with co-star John Krasinski), which was produced by Skoll’s Participant Media. Russell helmed Silver Linings Playbook, the Weinstein Company drama that stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, and which premiered to raves at the Toronto Film Festival.
Damon has always made time for indie films in between the big studio jobs like The Bourne Identity, with credits that include Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester and Gerry. Russell got his start in indie fare, and while his last Oscar-nominated film The Fighter was released by Paramount, it was put together independently. Skoll, who launched Participant Media to make issue oriented and socially relevant fare, has made possible such films as Good Night, And Good Luck, An Inconvenient Truth, The Cove, Waiting For Superman, The Help and most recently The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the upcoming Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln and Promised Land.