The legendary actor was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. He gave a moving speech and was visibly emotional.
Back in 1989, Tom Hanks received his first Golden Globe award for the hit comedy Big, and from then till now, Hanks has been called an actor who is blessed with a rare kind of talent where he is equally capable of delivering comedy and drama effortlessly. Since 1989, he has won three more Golden Globe Awards. In 1993 for Philadelphia, 1994 for Forrest Gump, and in 2001 for Cast Away, reported Huffington Post. The actor who has a reputation of being a nice guy is much respected in Hollywood both onscreen and off-screen.
On Sunday, Hanks was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 77th Golden Globes. A heartwarming montage of his movies and television series were shown. After that, Hanks gave his wife, Rita Wilson, a tender kiss and went to the stage to accept his award. While the montage was being played, the actor, in true Hanks fashion, made fun of himself, referring to an earlier project, as he posed a question to the audience, asking, "Tell the truth now. Can I just see a show of hands? How many people in this room have a clip package that includes The Love Boat? Anybody?"
Soon, a visibly emotional Hanks said, after taking a moment to compose himself, "A man is blessed with a family sitting down the front like that - a wife who is fantastic in every way, who has taught me what love is. Five kids who are braver and stronger and wiser than their old man is. And, uh, a loving group of people who have put [up] with me being away months and months and months at a time." He added, "It's the cold that is making this happen. I swear to God, I'm not nearly this emotional at home."
The actor also took the opportunity to thank and celebrate his fellow actors, directors, and film crews that he has worked with over all these years. Hanks also spoke about the lessons he learned as a young actor. He said, "Showing up on time is one of the greatest and most liberating acts you can give yourself in a movie". Some other popular movies by the actor include Saving Private Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle, Splash, Turner & Hooch, and You've Got Mail.
Hanks shed some wisdom he learned over the years to the next generation. As an intern at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in the late '70s, the actor recalled how he was yelled at by director Dan Sullivan for partying too much. Hanks remembered that Sullivan told him, "Hey, look, you guys, you actors, you know what your job is? You have got to show up on time and you have to know the text and you have to have a head full of ideas, otherwise, I can't do my job."
He added, "That was the greatest lesson a young actor could possibly ever, first of all, the head full of ideas. Bring anything, try anything they might not use it. If it stinks, they won't use it. Showing up on time is one of the greatest liberating acts you can give yourself in a movie. That means those people with radios in the ears don't need to knock on your door and say they're ready for you. You're actually already ready and you have the liberty and you have the freedom of being there early enough to settle down because when the time comes, you have to hit the marks and you have to go there."
The two-time Oscar winner was also nominated for this year's Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his work in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, as he essayed the role of TV icon, Fred Rogers. After collecting the award, Hanks joins the ranks alongside other actors like Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Jodie Foster, and Oprah Winfrey.