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Tom Cruise to Receive Pioneer of the Year Honor at Cinemacon

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation has named Tom Cruise as recipient of the 2018 pioneer of the year award.

The award will be given to Cruise on April 25 at Cinemacon, the National Association of Theater Owners’ annual convention in Las Vegas. Cruise is the first actor to receive the honor.

The pioneer of the year award is given to a member of the motion picture community to honor professional leadership, service, and commitment to philanthropy. Cruise is currently filming the sixth installment in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise for release on July 27, 2018, for Paramount Pictures, followed by “Top Gun: Maverick” on July 12, 2019.

“We are delighted that Tom will be receiving this well-deserved honor,” said Kyle Davies, president of the foundation and president of domestic distribution at Paramount Pictures. “His contributions to the film industry as both an actor and producer, including his tremendous support of the exhibition community, has made him a true pioneer in his field.  He has starred in the most celebrated films of all time, inspiring audiences everywhere.”

Past pioneer of the year honorees include Dick Cook, Cecil B. DeMille, Michael D. Eisner, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Donna Langley, Sherry Lansing, Frank G. Mancuso, Sumner Redstone, Terry Semel, Tom Sherak, Jack Valenti, Jack Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck, and this year’s honoree, Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

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