The Independent Filmmaker Project (or IFP) has announced it will honor Forest Whitaker with the Actor Tribute at the upcoming Gotham Independent Film Awards, to be held on December 2 in New York City. Whitaker has generated considerable awards buzz this year for his performance as longtime White House butler Cecil Gaines in "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
The Actor Tribute aims to highlight a performer with a prolific and diverse body of work. Whitaker, a film veteran and Oscar winner ("The Last King of Scotland") who has roots in indie film (and was selected as one of Indiewire's Indie Influencers), fits the bill.
Whitaker will be joining fellow honorees director Richard Linklater ("Before Midnight") and NYC Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver.