Tom Hanks received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award during the 77th annual Golden Globes.
Hanks started off his speech with a classy and stuffy joke, stating, “I have a cold the size of Merv Griffin’s ‘Jeopardy!’ royalties.”
Jokes aside, Hanks was all about thanking his supportive family. If we couldn’t already love him enough, Hanks choked up while looking at his children and wife saying, “A man is blessed with a family sitting down front like that.”
Hanks thanked his five children, which threw off some viewers familiar with Hanks’ family history. The iconic actor is father to four children: Colin, 42, Elizabeth Ann, 37, Chet, 29, and Truman Theodore, 24.
The fifth “child” in question is actually Colin’s wife, Samantha Bryant, who Hanks “thinks of… as a daughter,” a source told People.
America’s dad (unofficially dubbed Canada’s Uncle) continued to thank the directors, actors, and crews he’s had the pleasure of working with over his career. And from a brilliant man comes this brilliant advice: “Showing up on time is one of the greatest and most liberating acts you can give yourself in a movie,” (and maybe anywhere?).
Hanks continued to share his charming lessons, “You’re a dope if you don’t steal from everybody you’ve ever worked with, and I have stolen from the likes of the people that only need one name, like Meryl, like Denzel, like Antonio, like Meg, like Julia, like Sally Field,” adding, “I have also been made better by watching the examples of watching the greatest actors who have ever walked the stage.”
Hanks also encouraged creatives to take risks with their endeavours (as long as they’re prepared). An overall inspiring, heartwarming, and educational speech.