Tom Hanks Receives Chairman's Award at 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Jan. 4

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04 Jan 2014

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks

The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival presents Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks with the Chairman's Award for his work in the films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" at its annual Awards Gala Jan. 4.

"Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of his generation," said Festival chairman Harold Matzner in an earlier statement. "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 Gala also presents awards to Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts and the cast of "American Hustle." 

Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala is held at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs through Jan. 13.

Past recipients of the Chairman's Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman.

Hanks, who was Tony-nominated for his performance in Lucky Guy, received Academy Awards for his performances in "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump." He also received Academy Award nominations for his roles in "Big," "Castaway" and "Saving Private Ryan."

For more information, visit PSFilmFest.org.