Actor Forest Whitaker is set to receive the Actor Tribute prize at the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The Last King of Scotland star will be feted on 02 December (13) in New York.

A statement from Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project Joana Vicente reads, "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.

"Breaking boundaries and challenging audiences with complex, multi-faceted roles, Forest Whitaker is a significant independent voice whose performances have only been elevated by his visionary work as a producer, director and humanitarian."

Previous recipients include Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Natalie Portman, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet.