Awards Calendar

  • ASIFA: Annie Award Nominations announced
    December 1, 2015
  • WGA: Preliminary Screenplay online voting begins
    December 1, 2015
  • DGA: Online voting for Feature Film Nominations opens
    December 2, 2015
  • HFPA: Final screening date for Motion Pictures
    December 2, 2015
  • WGA: Television, New Media, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominations Announced
    December 3, 2015
  • HFPA: Final date for Motion Picture press conference
    December 5, 2015
  • AFI: Honorees Announced
    December 7, 2015
  • HFPA: Deadline for receipt of nomination ballots by Ernst & YoungNom
    December 7, 2015
  • PGA: Nomination Polls Open
    December 8, 2015
  • BAFTA: Round One voting opens
    December 9, 2015

Forest Whitaker to Receive Actor Tribute at Gotham Awards

Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
 Getty Images

The Oscar-winning 'Butler' star will be honored at the annual New York event, which takes place on Dec. 2.

Forest Whitaker will be presented with the Actor Tribute at this year's Gotham Independent Film Awards, it was announced today.

The star of Lee Daniels' The Butler will receive the award at the 23rd annual event, set to take place on Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Director Richard Linklater and New York City media and entertainment commissioner Katherine Oliver will also receive tributes at the ceremony.

STORY: Gotham Awards to Honor Richard Linklater With a Director Tribute

"We are thrilled to pay honor to a man whose work has played a significant role in the film world over the last 25 years," said Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, which presents the Gotham Awards, in a statement. “Breaking boundaries and challenging audiences with complex, multifaceted roles, Forest Whitaker is a significant independent voice whose performances have only been elevated by his visionary work as a producer, director and humanitarian.”    

Whitaker won the 2007 best actor Oscar for his work in The Last King of Scotland and most recently received acclaim for his performance as the titular White House staffer in The Butler. He also produced this summer's Fruitvale Station, another Weinstein Company awards hopeful. He can next be seen in Black Nativity and Out of the Furnace, both slated to be released later this year.

STORY: Gotham Awards to Honor NYC Film Commissioner Katherine Oliver With Industry Tribute

Whitaker also directed Waiting to Exhale and Hope Floats. He is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation and has participated in many humanitarian endeavors.

Previous recipients of the Gotham Actor Tribute include Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Stanley Tucci, Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet.

Nominations for the 23rd Annual Gotham Awards will be announced on Oct. 24.

comments powered by Disqus