Santa Barbara fest to honor Whitaker


Forest Whitaker will be honored with the American Riviera Award -- recognizing an actor who has had a strong influence on American cinema -- at the 22nd annual Santa Barbara Film Festival, which runs Jan. 25-Feb. 4.

The fest also will fete Al Gore and director Davis Guggenheim for their documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," presenting them with the Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking, named in honor of David Attenborough.

The Attenborough Award will be given out Feb. 2; the Whitaker tribute is set for Feb. 3.