Golden Globe Awards 2020: Tom Hanks to be Honored with Cecil B. DeMille Award

Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton will be filled with Hollywood's elite for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, but one star will take home one of the highest honors of the night—Tom Hanks.

This year's award show will pay tribute to Hanks' many film achievements, which include not only eight Golden Globe Awards and 15 nominations but two Academy Awards as well. Hanks, who made his big-screen debut in the 1980 slasher flick, He Knows You're Not Alone, will be given the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award— which honors those for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment"—for his work in critically acclaimed films like Big, Philadelphia, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away and the many other titles he's appeared in over the span of his near 40-year film career.

Tom Hanks Honored with Cecil B. deMille Award at 2020 Golden Globes
Tom Hanks speaks onstage during the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 11th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on October 27, in Hollywood, California. On Sunday, Hanks will be honored for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Tom Hanks," Lorenzo Soria, HFPA president, said in a statement. "For more than three decades, he's captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we've grown to love and admire. As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he's equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer and director."

With more than 90 acting credits, nearly 60 producing credits and eight director credits to his name, 63-year-old Hanks is among a long list of highly regarded actors and filmmakers to receive the honor since it was first awarded to legendary director and producer DeMille in 1952. One of the founding fathers of Hollywood, DeMille was responsible for cinema classics like The Ten Commandments and The King of Kings among others. Other award recipients include Hollywood tastemakers like Walt Disney, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Poitier and, more recently, luminaries such as Opera Winfrey, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro and Steven Spielberg have been given the honor.

Along with being the Cecil B. DeMille recipient, Hanks could be taking home a few more awards. The father of four also received a 2020 Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actor for his role in the 2019 film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, based on the life of Fred Rogers. Disney Pixar animation, Toy Story 4, in which Hanks voices the character Woody, is also a nominee for best animated motion picture.

The Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.