Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko Set For Honors at Outfest's Legacy Awards

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The duo join a starry list of past recipients that includes Hilary Swank, Lee Daniels, Adam Shankman and Armistead Maupin.

Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko have been tapped to receive honors at Outfest's Legacy Awards, scheduled for Nov. 5 at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.

The L.A.-based nonprofit — dedicated to creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on screen — will award Hanks with the Trailblazer Award as a nod to 1993's Philadelphia, directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Ron Nyswaner. Hanks, who next stars in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, won an Oscar for his portrayal of Andrew Beckett, a man living with AIDS who is fired by his law firm. 

Cholodenko will take home the Visionary Award for her resume that includes 2010's The Kids Are All Right, a mainstream movie about a lesbian couple played by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening. Her other credits include Laurel Canyon and High Art.

The Legacy Awards helps raise funds to support Outfest's UCLA Legacy Project — celebrating a 10th anniversary this year — which is the largest archive of LGBT moving images in the world. Merrill Lynch returns as presenting sponsor along with head chef Neal Fraser of Redbird. Also signed up to support the event is luxury designer Louis Vuitton.

Previous Legacy Award winners include Armistead Maupin, Hilary Swank, Lee Daniels, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Adam Shankman, Roland Emmerich, Alan Poul, Bruce Cohen and Paris Barclay.

“More than two decades later, Tom Hanks’ performance as a gay man with AIDS in Philadelphia stands as a landmark example of a risk well taken,” says Outfest board co-president and Legacy Awards event co-chair Ari Karpel. “And his Oscar acceptance speech, in which he eloquently honored two gay men who were influential in his life, sent an essential message during a time of crisis.”  

“When Lisa Cholodenko burst onto the independent film scene with High Art, we were thrilled by her commitment to depicting a lesbian relationship with such unwavering veracity,” says Christopher Racster, interim executive director of Outfest. “However, it was The Kids Are All Right that has made the biggest impact, showing the world that LGBT parenting is just as joyful, complicated and challenging as straight parenting.”

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