Friday, September 05, 2014
2014 Kennedy Center Honors
Of course, the two film stars are the ones whose name you are probably gravitating for, and for Hanks, this is a monumental Preakness in his quest for the Lifetime Achievement Award Triple Crown. Hanks won the AFI Life Achievement Award at the record young age of 45 (still an eyebrow-raiser if you ask me) and at 58 is by far the youngest of this bunch of recipients, though seems slightly more age appropriate. Hanks just needs to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award to complete his Triple Crown, an award he will surely receive in the next decade (possibly fairly soon-the DeMille Award seems to go younger with recipients than the other two legs).
Tomlin starts her Triple Crown journey oddly enough the same year as her 9 to 5 costar Jane Fonda won the AFI Award (and Tomlin can take heart in knowing that Dolly Parton won the Kennedy Center Honor eight years ago, so they are all tied up). For the curious, Tomlin and Hanks have never starred in a film together despite decades of acting in Hollywood, but they did work on a film together. In 2006, Tomlin was a voice actor in the animated film The Ant Bully, a film that Hanks produced. So if you want to celebrate by seeing a long-forgotten animated film, I'd say go for it. Or you could rent Nashville and Saving Private Ryan and have a far better time.
Congrats to all of the winners!