Hanks thanked his wife and children for the love and support as he accepted the speech.
Tom Hanks was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the 77th annual Golden Globes on Sunday. He was honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) with the award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Hanks gave his wife Rita a tender kiss before he went onstage to accept his award as a montage of his roles played on the screen. “I have a cold the size of Merv Griffin’s ‘Jeopardy!' royalties,” said Hanks at the start of his speech, and then went on to thank his wife and children for their love and support while visibly holding back his tears.
Through his powerful yet moving speech, Hanks went on to thank the directors, fellow actors, and film crews he’s worked with over the years. He also spoke about the lessons he learned as a young actor, according to HuffPost. “Showing up on time is one of the greatest and most liberating acts you can give yourself in a movie,” said Hanks, before adding that as an actor it’s your job to “go there.”
Tom Hanks has given us several memorable roles to cherish. He is known for his character-portrayal in movies like Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away, and he made us fall in love alongside him with his role in Sleepless In Seattle. He's made us laugh, he's made us cry, he's made us smile, and most importantly, he's made us hold on to his roles for the rest of our lives.
He’s also given us several memorable lines like, “Houston, we have a problem,” “There’s no crying in baseball!” and “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get." The thing is, he's 63-years-old and he just shows no signs of stopping, and that's the last thing all of us want from him. There are certain roles that only Tom Hanks can carry off with finesse. His most recent role was that of beloved children’s television show host Fred Rogers in the 2019 film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Hanks follows in the footsteps of Oprah Winfrey, who received the award in 2018, becoming the first African-American woman to receive the honor. “For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we’ve grown to love and admire,” said HFPA president Lorenzo Soria in a statement on the announcement that Hanks would be honored. “As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer, and director.”