Organizers with the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival have announced that Tom Hanks will receive the Chairman's Award at this year's event for his roles in Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks.
"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."
Past recipients of the Chairman's Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman.
Tom Hanks holds the distinction of being the first actor in 50 years to be awarded back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards®: in 1993 as the AIDS-stricken lawyer in Philadelphia and the following year in the title role of Forrest Gump.
He also received Academy Award nominations for his roles in Big, Castaway and Saving Private Ryan. His other on screen credits include Angels & Demons, Apollo 13, Bachelor Party, Catch Me If You Can, Charlie Wilson's War, Cloud Atlas, The Da Vinci Code, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Green Mile, The Ladykillers, Larry Crowne, A League of Their Own, The Money Pit, Nothing in Common, The Polar Express, Punchline, Road to Perdition, Sleepless in Seattle, Splash, The Terminal, Volunteers, and three Toy Story films.
The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees 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 will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.