The IFP said today that Richard Linklater will receive the Director Tribute at the 23rd annual Gotham Awards in December. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker most recently helmed Before Midnight, the third film in a drawn-out trilogy starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, which Sony Pictures Classics released in May. His other credits range from Slacker and Dazed and Confused to Fast Food Nation – a 2006 Palme d’or nominee at Cannes — and last year’s Bernie. “Richard Linklater’s unique vision and voice, in addition to the special characters he has created, place him among the most prolific and poignant directors working today,” IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente said in a statement. “We are honored to celebrate his work.” Linklater also serves as the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which the Houston native founded in 1985 to showcase films from around the world. The Gotham Independent Film Awards will be handed out December 2 at Cipriani’s New York. Nominees will be announced October 24.