Tom Hanks to be Honored at the 2014 Palm Springs Film Festival

Captain Phillips Review
Tom Hanks stars in 'Captain Phillips' (Photo © 2013 Columbia Pictures)
Oscar winner Tom Hanks has been chosen as the winner of the Chairman’s Award by the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Hanks earned the honor because of his outstanding performances in the dramatic thriller Captain Phillips and for playing Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. Hanks is the latest in a line of A-listers who’ve earned the Chairman’s Award including Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman.
Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and the cast of American Hustle will also receive awards at the Awards Gala on January 4, 2014 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
“Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of his generation,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In a remarkable feat that vividly illustrates the range of his talent, this year he portrayed two real life characters, each a powerhouse performance in its own right. In the film Captain Phillips, he plays Richard Phillips, the captain of a ship hijacked by pirates, while in Saving Mr. Banks he plays Walt Disney trying to turn the book Mary Poppins into a film – two roles that couldn’t be more divergent. To this star of many talents the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to honor Tom Hanks and present him with the Chairman’s Award.”
The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.
Source: PSIFF
-Posted by Rebecca Murray

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