Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan. The veteran US actor will be honored for lifetime achievement at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards in January, 2020. Credit: Handout.

The Hollywood Foreign Press announced this week that celebrated actor Tom Hanks will receive the Cecil B. deMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 77th annual Golden Globes in January, Variety reported.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. deMille Award to Tom Hanks,” HFPA president Lorenzo Soria said in 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, Variety reported.

“We’re honored to include Mr. Hanks with such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and Barbra Streisand to name a few.”

The award, chosen by the HFPA board of directors, recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact on the film industry.

Hanks, a fifteen-time Globes nominee, will be seen next in Sony’s feel-good drama “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and his heartwarming performance as Mister Rogers is already generating Oscar buzz, Variety reported.

Hanks won his first Academy Award in 1994 for his work as a lawyer with AIDS in “Philadelphia.” He took home a second Oscar the following year for his iconic performance in “Forrest Gump.”

Other career highlights include “Saving Private Ryan” and voicing the cowboy doll Woody in the Toy Story film series.

The Golden Globes will air live coast-to-coast from the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 5, 2020.

Past Cecil B. deMille honorees also includes Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Sophia Loren and Sidney Poitier.

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