Palm Springs Film Fest: Tom Hanks to Be Feted for 'Captain Phillips' and 'Saving Mr. Banks'

The 57-year-old two-time Oscar winner, who could receive two Oscar nominations this year, will get the festival's Chairman's Award.
Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips"

Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who could become a double-Oscar nominee this year for his lead performance in Captain Phillips and his supporting performance in Saving Mr. Banks, will receive the Chairman's Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, it was announced Friday.

The award will be presented on Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center as part of the festival's 25th edition, which runs from Jan. 3-13.

“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." Matzner continued, "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 award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman.

The fest previously announced that it will honor 12 Years a Slave's helmer Steve McQueen with its Director of the Year Award and supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o with its Breakthrough Performance Award; Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey with its Desert Palm Award, Actor; Gravity's Sandra Bullock with its Desert Palm Award, Actress; August: Osage County's supporting actress Julia Roberts with its Spotlight Award; Saving Mr. Banks' composer Thomas Newman with its Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing; and Nebraska's Bruce Dern with its Career Achievement Award.

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