Golden Globes 2020: Tom Hanks gets Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, chokes up during speech

FP Staff

Jan 06, 2020 12:17:31 IST

Tom Hanks, regarded as one of the nicest men in show business, was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on Sunday to mark his 30-year movie career.

The boyish-looking Hanks, now 63, was presented with the Cecil B DeMille award at a ceremony where he also was nominated in the best supporting actor race for his role as the late, beloved US children’s television presenter Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

 Golden Globes 2020: Tom Hanks gets Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, chokes up during speech

Tom Hanks. Image from Twitter

Hanks began his acceptance speech by joking about his early career stint on the 1970s TV comedy The Love Boat and saying that he had a bad cold that had made him particularly emotional.

He thanked his wife, Rita Wilson, and five children before acknowledging a long list of actors and directors who he said had contributed to his long success. "A man is blessed with a family sitting down front like that. I can’t tell you how much your love means to me," he addressed his family.

“You’re a dope if you don’t steal from everybody you have every worked with,” Hanks said, naming Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan, Denzel Washington, and Charlize Theron, among others.

Hanks made his movie breakthrough in Big in 1988, playing a teenager who wakes up to find himself in the body of an adult.

He went on to win back-to-back Oscars and Golden Globes in 1994 and 1995 for his roles in AIDS drama Philadelphia and comedy Forrest Gump.

Genial and dependable, he has become known as America’s Dad thanks to performances in more than 70 movies, including romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, war movie Saving Private Ryan, action film Sully and the voice of friendly cowboy Woody in the Toy Story animated franchise.

Hanks attributed some of his success in the movies to a lesson he learned while working at a Shakespeare theater festival when he was a young actor: being on time.

“Showing up on time is one of the greatest liberating acts you can give yourself in a movie,” he said.

Theron, who presented the award to Hanks, praised him for his career achievements. She also thanked Hanks for her first audition for That Thing You Do!, a 1996 film he directed.

“While Tom does give us the chance to see ourselves on the screen, he also gives us something more profound,” Theron said. “He presents a vision of who we can be. He saw a nervous, sweaty young actress failing to mask a panic attack and her thick South African accent. That’s the kind of man he is. This is why we love Tom.”

The Cecil B DeMille award is given annually by Golden Globe organizers the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to an actor, director or producer who has made a lasting impact on the film industry. Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Harrison Ford.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Updated Date: Jan 06, 2020 12:17:31 IST