Aspen fest to honor Stanley Tucci

Actor will receive Independent by Nature Award

Stanley Tucci, who is currently appearing in "Julie & Julia," will be presented with the Independent by Nature Award at the 31st annual Aspen Filmfest on Oct. 3 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Co.

The tribute will feature a selection of film highlights and an on-stage conversation, followed by an anniversary gala celebration with Tucci as an honored guest.

Aspen Filmfest runs Sept. 30-Oct. 4.

"With a distinguished career so strongly rooted in the creative vitality of American independent cinema, Mr. Tucci truly embodies the spirit of this award," said festival exec director Laura Thielen.