Whitaker to get top film honour
The Oscar-winning star will be presented with the gong, which celebrates his Excellence in Film, at a black-tie gala on December 15 at at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, reported The Wrap.
"Forest Whitaker is an exceptional man and actor," Kirk said in a statement.
"His commitment to human causes, his passion for what is right, and his dedication to his craft are inspirational and at my age, inspiration is rare."
Forest, who is hotly tipped to win an Oscar nomination for his performance as Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels' The Butler, will next star in musical drama Black Nativity and Out Of The Furnace.
The 52-year-old will also receive the Actor Tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York on December 2.