Golden Globes 2020: Tom Hanks gets Emotional Accepting the Cecil B DeMille Award
Tom Hanks was given the lifetime achievement award for his filmography at the Golden Globes 2020
Tom Hanks’ filmography is like a journey through his life and how he matured as an actor over the years. Movies like Forest Gump, The Terminal and Cast Away show how he can make the most difficult of characters look so easy to perform. Meanwhile Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, Catch Me If You Can and patriotic roles in Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies and Saving Private Ryan show how he can turn a clichéd role into something big only through a thorough performance. The American actor received the life time achievement award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B DeMille Award, at the Golden Globes and his acceptance speech turned into an emotional ride.
Hanks began his speech by downplaying his achievement. He then thanked his directors for pushing him and bringing the best out of him. “I have never not been challenged or flummoxed or lost sleep because of the work of the directors that I’ve worked with, every single one of them, Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, Paul Greengrass, Bob Zemeckis, Clint Eastwood and every one of those guys at some point or another came up to me in the course of a day and said, tomorrow, if you don’t do your job really well, we don’t have a movie.”
The actor then got emotional twice, first while thanking his wife Rita Wilson and the kids, while the second time he blamed a recent episode of cold for getting watery eyes. “There is a saying in motion pictures, back when it was shot on film, that you could not move on to the next scene until the gate was good,” he said, closing his speech. “Thank you all here, thank you all for all your inspiration and all of your work and the entire struggle that you all go through in order to hit the marks and, I have checked the gate. The gate is good. Thank you.”