Tom Hanks received the Cecil B DeMille award at the 77th annual Golden Globes Awards. During his speech, the actor got a little bit choked up when mentioning his family. He teared up again near the end of his speech, blaming his “huge” cold for the emotions.
“A man is,” he said at first, taking a break after getting teary-eyed. “A man is blessed with a family sitting down front like that. A wife who is fantastic in every way, who has taught me what love is, five kids who are braver and stronger and wiser than their old man is.”
Charlize Theron presented the award to Hanks, saying that he makes the world a better place. She has worked with Hanks directly, having been directed by him in That Thing You Do, which released in 1996. She related a story about her time working with Hanks when she was a young actor; she said she was almost having a panic attack trying to do a scene, and she didn’t know how to ask for a little bit of time to regroup. When Hanks realized what she needed, he announced that he needed a few minutes and left the room.
After Theron’s introduction, a tribute video was played, showing his career from Love Boat to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Hanks received the award on top of being nominated for the Best Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Mister Rogers in the latter film. He did not win that award, with Brad Pitt taking it for his work on Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood.
The #GoldenGlobes Twitter Reacted to the Choke Up
Many Twitter users took to the platform to talk about the touching moment. The reactions ranged from heartfelt to hilarious. User @eyesvvideshut wrote, “I’m a simple human being, I see tom hanks crying I cry” along with an image of the moment.
Other users used memes and gifs to react to the moment. The gif of Paul Rudd crying on his appearance on Hot Ones, the YouTube show, was a popular one.
This comes on top of Hanks already being made into a meme and reaction gif earlier in the night for his reaction to host Ricky Gervais’ introductory speech. The host’s speech was somewhat controversial. After Gervais toldd the audience to “just accept your little award, thank your agent and your God, then f*ck off,” the camera panned to Hanks as he was making a face, and Twitter reacted.
Hanks Thanked His Family and the Industry
During his speech, Hanks discussed the importance of “stealing from every dope you work with” and said he’s stolen from “the likes of people that only need one name.” He mentions Meryl, Denzel, Antonio, Meg and Julia as some examples of those people. The camera panned to various guests in the room when he mentioned their names.
His speech focused mostly on the work it took to get to where he is now, but he took the time to give advice that could be applicable in any career. In his speech, he reminded people to “be on time, know the text, and come with a head full of ideas.”
He also noted the importance of having faith in the process.
“It’s the cold that is making this happen,” he said after tearing up again near the end of the speech. “I swear to God I’m not this emotional at home.”