The Gotham Awards' tribute represents the latest industry acknowledgement of the importance of digital distribution to the future of the business. Under Sarandos' leadership, Netflix has ventured not only into original TV programming with Emmy-nominated series including "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," but also has begun to acquire feature documentaries including the Oscar-nommed "The Square."
Sarandos' honor will be one of four annual tributes at this year's Gotham ceremony, which is one of the earliest events in the film-world awards derby. The slate of annual Gotham trophies also includes juried awards (including feature, documentary, actor, actress, and breakthrough actor and director) and an audience award. In prior years, films including "Inside Llewyn Davis," "The Hurt Locker," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Winter's Bone" earned some of their earliest awards attention at the Gothams.
Last year's industry tribute went to Katherine Oliver, the former commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, while director Richard Linklater and actors Forest Whitaker and James Gandolfini also were honored.
The 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards are set for Dec. 1 at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan.
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