As previously announced, Hanks will be honored with the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his Oscar-winning role as a man grappling with HIV/AIDS in Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia” (1993); Cholodenko is receiving the Visionary Award, which recognizes artistic and creative contributions to LGBT media visibility, for her myriad LGBT-oriented films and television efforts (including “The Kids Are All Right”).
Presenters this year will be actors Aaron Eckhart and Rosemarie Dewitt. Master of Ceremonies will be comedian Whitney Cummings (whose sarcastic spirit made cancelled NBC sitcom “Whitney” a very guilty pleasure). Grammy winner and LGBT advocate Linda Perry, most famous for her much-remixed 4 Non Blondes single “What’s Up?,” will perform at the Legacy Awards.
The 2015 Legacy Awards, co-chaired by Dan Bucatinsky, Peter Gal and Ari Karpel, will take place on Thursday, November 5th at performing arts venue Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. Previous Legacy Award winners include Armistead Maupin, Hilary Swank, Lee Daniels, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Roland Emmerich and Paris Barclay.