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Tom Hanks, Lisa Cholodenko to Be Honored by Outfest

Outfest will honor Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko at ceremonies on Nov. 5 at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.

Hanks will be honored with the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his Oscar-winning performance in 1993’s “Philadelphia.” Outfest noted that it was the first major studio film to sympathetically portray characters with HIV/AIDS.

Cholodenko is receiving the Visionary Award, which recognizes artistic and creative contributions to LGBT media visibility, for a body of work that includes “The Kids Are All Right.”

“More than two decades later, Tom Hanks’ performance as a gay man with AIDS in ‘Philadelphia’ stands as a landmark example of a risk well taken,” says Outfest Board Co-President and Legacy Awards Event Co-Chair Ari Karpel. “And his Oscar acceptance speech, in which he eloquently honored two gay men who were influential in his life, sent an essential message during a time of crisis.”

“When Lisa Cholodenko burst onto the independent film scene with ‘High Art’, we were thrilled by her commitment to depicting a lesbian relationship with such unwavering veracity,” says Christopher Racster, interim executive director of Outfest. “However, it was ‘The Kids Are All Right’ that has made the biggest impact, showing the world that LGBT parenting is just as joyful, complicated and challenging as straight parenting.”

Previous Legacy Award winners include Armistead Maupin (“Tales of the City”), Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”), Lee Daniels (“Empire”), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Chicago”), Adam Shankman (“Rock of Ages”), Roland Emmerich (“Stonewall”), Alan Poul (“The Newsroom”), Bruce Cohen (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Paris Barclay (“Glee”).

Outfest was founded in 1982 to support LGBT stories on the screen.

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