Tom Hanks received the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award during Sunday evening’s 77th Golden Globe Awards ceremony, while Ellen DeGeneres was presented with the second Carol Burnett Award for her contributions to television.
Hanks is an eight-time Golden Globe winner and a 15-time nominee.
“How many people in this room have a clip package that includes `The Love Boat?”’ Hanks joked as he took the stage after a montage of his work was shown to the crowd at the Beverly Hilton.
Hanks got emotional as he gave thanks to his wife and children seated in front of him — “five kids who are braver and stronger and wiser than their old man is,” and a “group of people who have put up with me being away months and months at a time.”
Hanks is one of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Academy Awards for best actor. He won his first Oscar in 1994 for his portrayal of AIDS-stricken lawyer Andrew Beckett in Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia.” The following year, he took home his second Oscar for his performance in the title role of Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump.”
He also won the Golden Globe Award for both films, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for the latter. In 2013, Hanks starred in the Golden Globe-nominated film “Captain Phillips,” for which he received Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominations.
His other credits include “Big,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Cast Away” and “The Post.”
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. deMille Award to Tom Hanks,” said HFPA President Lorenzo Soria. “For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we’ve grown to love and admire. As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer and director. We’re honored to include Mr. Hanks with such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and Barbra Streisand to name a few.”
Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the film industry. Past honorees include Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Sophia Loren, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington and Robin Williams.
DeGeneres is only the second recipient of the Carol Burnett Award, which the HFPA created last year as the television equivalent of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The inaugural award was presented last year to Burnett.
“I feel humbled and honored to receive this — the first person after Carol Burnett is an honor,” she said.
She joked that the best part of the award was that “I knew coming in I would win.”
“I mean there’s nothing worse than sitting there waiting and wondering if you’re gonna win,” she quipped with the audience, many of whom were doing just that.
She said that after 17 years hosting her own talk show, she gets the biggest thrill from people who say they were personally inspired by her to go out and pursue their own dreams.
“That is the power of television and I’m so grateful to be a part of it,” she said.
DeGeneres has earned three Golden Globe nominations in her career, all for her performance as quirky bookstore owner Ellen Morgan in ABC’s “Ellen.” The 90s sitcom broke ground when its titular character — along with DeGeneres — came out of the closet in 1997, making it one of the first major TV shows with an openly gay lead character.
Her long-running talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” has been a staple at the Daytime Emmys throughout its 16-year run, garnering 11 wins in the talk show category and four wins for DeGeneres as host.
“From her sitcoms, to stand-up comedy, to becoming a household staple on daytime television, she is a pioneer who has captivated audiences for nearly 25 years with her undeniable charm and wit,” Soria said. “In addition to her television success, she’s an advocate and philanthropist, lending her voice to those who don’t have one and spreading kindness and joy through the power of her platform. We look forward to celebrating her achievements at this year’s ceremony.”