Award season is officially upon us.
Cementing his place in film history as a Hollywood icon, Tom Hanks received The Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award last night at The Golden Globes 2020. The veteran actor – known for his roles as legendary characters such as Woody the Cowboy, Walt Disney and Forrest Gump – has appeared in over 80 movies and still isn’t finished (he’s already confirmed to star in three films this year).
Judging by the reception in the room, Hanks’ fellow actors and actresses believe that the 63-year-old actor is a worthy winner of the award.
Before presenting the award to the actor, American-South African actress Charlize Theron said: “The most undeniable thing that can be said about Tom Hanks is both deceptively simple and yet overwhelmingly true. He just makes the world a better place”.
Hank struggled through his acceptance speech as he became overwhelmed with emotions: emotions he hilariously blamed on his common cold. However, the sentences he did manage to string together were inspiringly humble and profound.
“A man is blessed with a family sitting down in front like that. You’re a dope if you don’t steal from everybody you have ever worked with. I have stolen from the likes of people that only need one name; like Meryl; like Denzel; like Antonio; like Meg; like Julia; like Sally Field, even though that’s two names, it’s still one.”
Hanks’ speech instantly stole the show as he spoke little about having ‘innate abilities’, and instead gave thanks to other amazing talents in the industry of whom he regularly surrounds himself with.
Tom Hanks is the 68th winner of the award that has been handed out every year since Cecil B DeMille was the first to accept the award back in 1952. Previous winners include Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor and, quite amusingly, Walt Disney – a legend that Hanks has portrayed in the not so distant past.
2010 – Martin Scorsese
2011 – Robert De Niro
2012 – Morgan Freeman
2013 – Jodie Foster
2014 – Woody Allen
2015 – George Clooney
2016 – Denzel Washington
2017 – Meryl Streep
2018 – Oprah Winfrey
2019 – Jeff Bridges
On a final note: If there’s one thing we can all take from Hank’s winning of the award, it’s to reach for the sky.
Good work cowboy.
Not just your average Joe, Lord Joseph William Furness – lorded by a mate for his birthday (a decision they now live to regret) – struggles to understand a world in which everyone isn’t as blunt, unemotional and sarcastic as him. His mother calls him pretentious because of his materialistic nature; whilst his father tells him that he can’t live in his own ‘dream world’ forever, but he seems to be doing pretty well so far. He plans to write for The Hook until he sees his name in shining lights – a future promised to him by his year 4 primary school teacher. You can contact Joseph at [email protected]Follow