James Gandolfini

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James Gandolfini is getting a posthumous tribute.

The late actor will be honored by his Sopranos costar Steve Buscemi at the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC.

"James Gandolfini was a friend, an inspiration, and an extraordinary talent whose presence is missed by all of us who knew and loved him," Buscemi said in a statement released by the Independent Filmmaker Project earlier today. "It is an honor to present this tribute at the Gotham Awards recognizing his impact."

Joana Vicente, executive director of the IFP, added, "We are honored to pay tribute to a man whose life and work has inspired and moved so many who knew him personally, or through his vast body of work on the stage and screen, where he collaborated with so many independent artists to bring to life unforgettable, iconic characters."

Over Gandolfini's 35-year acting career, he was featured in and starred in over 50 movies and TV shows. He won three Emmys for his lead role on the hit HBO series The Sopranos.

Gandolfini died in June in Italy at the age of 51 from a heart attack from natural causes, which was confirmed by an autopsy conducted just two days after his untimely death.

Buscemi was among the group of celeb friends who attended Gandolfini's funeral back in June. Other stars who attended included Gandolfini's Sopranos wife and daughter Edie Falco and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth.

Other celebs who will be honored during the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards next month include Forest Whitaker, Richard Linklater and Katherine Oliver.

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