A few days ago, Tom Hanks was one of 21 people who were presented by a presidential medal of freedom by President Obama. It’s considered to be the highest civilian award in the United States, recognizeing exceptional meritorious service.
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Tom & his co-star Aaron attending the Paris Photocall of “Sully.
Tom is in London this week to promote Sully. He was joined with his co-stars from the movie and Captain Sully where they attended the premiere of the movie.
President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 22th.
President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”
Tom Hanks is one of the Nation’s finest actors and filmmakers. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role five times, and received the award for his work in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. Those roles and countless others, including in Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away, have left an indelible mark on American film. Off screen, as an advocate, Hanks has advocated for social and environmental justice, and for our veterans and their families. [Source]
We are going to be all right. America has been in worst places than we are at right now. In my own lifetime, our streets were in chaos, our generations were fighting each other tooth and nail, and every dinner table ended up being as close to a fist fight as our families would allow. We have been in a place where we looked at our leaders and wondered what the hell were they thinking of? We’ve had moments with administrations and politicians and leaders and Senators and governors where we asked ourselves, Are they lying to us? Or do they really believe in this? That’s all right. We have this magnificent thing that is in place, it’s a magnificent document, and it starts off with these phrases that if you’re smart enough, you memorized in school, or, just read it enough so you learned it by heart, or, you kind of watched those things on ABC where they taught you little songs, and the song goes like, [sings] “We the People … in Order to form a more perfect Union. establish Justice and insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare,” and it goes on and on. That. That document is going to protect us, over and over again, whether or not our neighbors preserve and protect and defend it themselves.
We are going to be all right, because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are. We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans. We do have the greatest country in the world. We may move at a slow pace, but we do have the greatest country in the world, because we are always moving towards a more perfect Union. That journey never ceases. It never stops. Sometimes, like in a Bruce Springsteen song, one step forward, two steps back. But we still, aggregately, move forward. We, who are a week into wondering what the hell just happened, will continue to move forward. We have to choose to do so. But we will move forward, because if we do not move forward, what is to be said about us? [Source]
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Tom attending the 2016 Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit.
On top of that, I’ve updated the gallery with Tom’s events from 1998.
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Tom who made a surprise appearance in the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles last night.
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Tom during his Variety Studio visit for their annual Actors on Actor interview series.
Tom Hanks has been named recipient of the Icon Award at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival, PSIFF organizers announced on Thursday.
Hanks, who currently stars in Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” as airline pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, is the first honoree to be revealed by the festival. The award will be presented at the fest’s annual Film Awards Gala, which will take place on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. [Source]