Actor Forest Whitaker poses with his lifetime achievement award presented by Jaeger LeCoultre at the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 on October 24, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Actor Forest Whitaker poses with his lifetime achievement award presented by Jaeger LeCoultre at the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 on October 24, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

*Actor Forest Whitaker is set to receive the Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film at the eighth annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The star of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” will be feted at the event in California on Dec. 15.

Announcing this year’s recipient, movie veteran Kirk Douglas said, “Forest Whitaker is an exceptional man and actor. 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.”

Previous recipients include Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford.

As previously reported, Whitaker has also been handed the Black Pearl Career Achievement Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which began on Thursday.