Tom Hanks does a pretty terrible Denzel Washington impression, but made up for it with one hell of an introduction speech. “Great cinema lasts forever, a great actor astounds us forever,” Hanks said before he presented Denzel with the Cecile B. DeMille honor at the 2016 Golden Globes.
It was an emotional moment for Denzel as he walked to the stage with his wife Paulette and children (yes, John David Washington was there) by his side. Unable to find his speech, then glasses, Denzel spoke from the heart, thanking his family, publicist, and industry friends.
Trailing off between sentences while fighting back tears, Denzel looked to his wife for comfort (and eyesight). He remembered his parents, recalling his mother who would convince his “father that we needed more than 25-watt bulbs. He thought that we could save money.”
The memory proved too much for him and he ended his short speech with warm thanks.
The Cecile B. DeMille award is bestowed upon its recipient by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” a nod much overdue.