A few weeks ago, we received the first pair of tributes going to Rachel Weisz and Jon Kamen from the IFP Gotham Awards in 2018. Both the Weisz and Kaman have proven to be important individuals in the film industry. For Weisz, this also jumpstarts her Oscar campaigns for “Disobiedience” and “The Favourite,” both released in 2018. Now, Weisz and Kamen will share the stage with two more legends: Willem Dafoe and Paul Greengrass.
According to a press release from the Gotham’s Dafoe will receive the Actor Tribute at this year’s awards, while Greengrass receives the Director’s Tribute. This rounds out the number of Tributes to four, and pushes both of the men into the awards season race. Dafoe continues to be one of the frontrunners for the Best Lead Actor Oscar this year. His upcoming role in “At Eternity’s Gate” puts him front and center as Vincent Van Gogh. With goodwill left over from his performance last year in “The Florida Project” tributes like this will help establish Dafoe as the overdue veteran in need of recognition.
Greengrass, on the other hand, has not been considered a frontrunner for his new film “22 July” from Netflix. However, Greengrass knows how to direct terrorist films, and while “22 July” may not have hit home with some international audiences, it might make waves in America. Greengrass received an Oscar nomination for his work on “United 93” which remains one of the best-directed films of the 2000s. When you look at his body of work, which includes the Jason Bourne franchise and “Captain Phillips,” Greengrass continues to show why his filmmaking is relevant to modern audiences.