Tom Hanks To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Maxwell JonesMaxwell Jones in Entertainment, Film
Published 26.09.19
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Tom Hanks is to receive a lifetime achievement award at next year’s Golden Globes and it couldn’t be more deserved.

When Tom Hanks was a little boy, I don’t think he ever really considered the possibility that he might one day grow up to be a living legend and America’s favourite national treasure. But now at the tender age of 63, alternate-universe steelworker Tom Hanks is probably getting ready to put his feet up and retire.

Thank God our Hollywood actor Tom Hanks hasn’t got any plans to do the same.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that it was ‘proud’ to award Hanks with the Cecil B DeMille award in 2020’s Golden Globes ceremony. This is just one of a vast number of trophies that Hanks has collected during his fantastic career, such as two Oscars, seven Emmys and the American equivalent of a knighthood, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was presented to him by President Obama in his final days in office.

HFPA president Lorenzo Soria spoke of the organisation’s ‘love and admiration’ for Hanks, who made is career playing a teenager who finds himself in the body of a grown man in 1988’s Big and has since played a vast range of characters from historical figures to animated cowboys.

‘For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters,’ said Soria said.

‘As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer and director.’

Alongside acting, Hanks has written and directed productions such as 2001’s legendary Band of Brothers, its sequel The Pacific, as well as appearing on stage as Falstaff in Shakespeare’s Henry IV in 2018.

The Cecil B DeMille award is usually bestowed upon an actor, director and producer that has made a lasting impact on the film and TV industry. Notable recipients include Steven Spielberg, a frequent collaborator with Hanks who as become one of the most celebrated directors Hollywood has ever produced; and Oprah Winfrey, who has used her career as an actor, media executive and talkshow host to fuel philanthropic endeavours.

So yeah, a pretty big deal.

Hanks has starred in over eighty movies since his career began and is well on his way to joining acting legends such as Robert DuVall, Anthony Hopkins and the late Christopher Lee as one of the most in-demand actors of all time.

In 1995, Hanks became the second actor to ever win the Oscar for Best Actor for his back-to-back performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, the latter of which has since become a cult classic. The first actor to do this was Spencer Tracy in 1938 and 1939.

The Lifetime Achievement Award has a history of political platforming, with Meryl Streep famously using her acceptance speech to lambaste Donald Trump’s attitude to immigration. Similarly, Oprah Winfrey spoke of the struggles of the black community and treatment of women in Hollywood’s white-male-dominated landscape, describing it as ‘a culture broken by brutally powerful men’ with a clear reference to Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment charges.

Hanks too has used his fame for philanthropic and political activism, donating millions of dollars to various charities and presidential candidates such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Just last week he urged his Twitter followers to register to vote in preparation for the 2020 presidential election, where he will undoubtedly endorse whomever wins the Democratic nomination for president.

Then again, it’s not too late for him to throw his hat in the race himself. Fingers crossed, eh?

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