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Forest Whitaker to Receive Actor Tribute at 2013 Gotham Awards

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 3, 2013 at 1:12PM

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."
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Forest Whitaker in "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
Forest Whitaker in "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.