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Tom Hanks to receive Cecil B DeMille Award at 2020 Golden Globes

Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War

Story by Jack Foley

TWO-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is to receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020.

Hanks is already the winner of four Globes for Big, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump and Castaway, along with five other nominations.

In announcing this year’s recipient, HFPA president Lorenzo Soria said: “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Tom Hanks. 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 honoured to include Mr Hanks with such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese and Barbra Streisand, to name a few.”

Ironically, Hanks could also find himself in the running for best supporting actor for his latest release, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, in which he plays television icon Mister Rogers.

Since the film’s world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, strong awards buzz has been building for his performance.

This summer, Hanks also reprised his role of Woody in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4, which is likely to be a Globe nominee in the Animated Feature category.

Hanks is no stranger to the awards circuit, having also received a Kennedy Centre Honour and the AFI Life Achievement Award among his haul.

He is only the second actor in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars (Spencer Tracy was the first), in 1993 for Philadelphia and 1994 for Forrest Gump.

The DeMille award is chosen by the HFPA board of directors, with DeMille himself the first recipient in 1952. Last year’s winner was Jeff Bridges.