Tom Hanks To Be Honored At Outfest Legacy Awards
Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks will be honored for his portrayal of a dying gay man in the 1993 film Philadelphia at the 2015 Outfest Legacy Awards in November. The Forrest Gump star will be feted with the “Trailblazer Award” at a ceremony in Los Angeles for his Oscar-winning performance.
A statement from Outfest board co-president Ari Karpel read, “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. 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.” The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko will also be honored with the Visionary Award. Previous honorees have included Hilary Swank and filmmakers Lee Daniels and Roland Emmerich.