Palm Springs Film Fest to Honor Tom Hanks

The Hollywood Reporter

Tom Hanks is set to land at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

The Sully star will receive the fest's Icon Award at its annual film awards gala, it was announced Thursday. Mary Hart will host the Jan. 2 event at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The Clint Eastwood docudrama sees Hanks portraying Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the American pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in January 2009 - a risky and unprecedented emergency landing that saved all 155 people on board the plane after multiple bird strikes caused both engines to fail. Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Mike O'Malley and Anna Gunn are also featured in the film.

Past honorees include Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall and Meryl Streep. In 2014, Hanks received the festival's Chairman's Award.

"Tom Hanks delivers yet another career-defining performance bringing to life the heroism of airline pilot Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger," festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. "This is sure to be remembered in his long list of iconic character roles, including those in Forrest Gump, Captain Phillips, Castaway, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, the Toy Story films and so many others."

The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival runs Jan. 2-16.

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