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Tom Hanks To Receive Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award At Golden Globes

Tom Hanks To Receive Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award At Golden Globes

Hollywood legend Tom Hanks is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at next year's Golden Globe awards ceremony.

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Hanks will receive the 2020 Cecil B DeMille award when the annual gongs are handed out on 5 January next year.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organisation responsible for the award, said that it was 'proud' to honour Hank's movie legacy.

The American actor received back to back Academy Awards and Golden Globes in 1994 and 1995 for his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump respectively.

The 63-year-old has been in over 80 films throughout a stellar career that - by the time he receives his award - will be in its fifth decade.

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The HFPA said that over the years they had 'grown to love and admire' Hanks.

HFPA President Lorenzo Soria said: "For more than three decades, he's captivated audiences with rich and playful characters.

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

Hanks' big break came in 1988 with the film Big.

Audiences were captivated by his portrayal of a young boy who becomes trapped in the body of a much older man.

He then went on to star in blockbuster hits such as Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan and the class animated Toy Story franchise.

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His next performance will see him take on the role of beloved American kids' TV host Mr Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood.

The Cecil B DeMille award is awarded each year to a member of the film industry - be it through acting, directing, or production - that has had an enduring and lasting impact on the industry.

In recent years, it has been awarded to Oprah Winfrey - who last year became the first black woman to win - Jeff Bridges, Denzel Washington and George Clooney.

It has also been used as a political platform. In 2017, recipient Meryl Streep used her speech to attack US President Donald Trump's policies on immigration.

She said: "Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts."

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In her speech last year, Oprah decided to address racism and sexism in Hollywood and wider society. She said that for 'too many years' there had been 'a culture broken by brutally powerful men'.

She added: "For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men.

"But their time is up."

We'll find out what Hanks has to say on 5 January 2020.

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Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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