Though Outfest finished up their film festival in late July, the LA-based non-profit devoted to LGBT support has just announced plans to honor Tom Hanks and writer-director Lisa Cholodenko at the upcoming Legacy Awards on Thursday, November 5. The Legacy Awards serve as the fundraiser for Outfest’s UCLA Legacy project, which boasts the largest archive of LGBT moving images in the world.
Since her first film “High Art”, which featured a frank account of a blossoming lesbian relationship, Lisa Cholodenko has been a prominent figure in both independent film and the LGBT community. Her Academy Award nominated follow-up “The Kids are Alright” is credited by the interim Executive Director of Outfest as having “made the biggest impact, showing the the world that LGBT parenting is just as joyful, complicated and challenging as straight parenting.” Cholodenko will be honored with the Visionary Award, which recognizes her artistic contributions to LGBT visibility.
Tom Hanks most notably made a contribution to the community with his performance in “Philadelphia” and subsequent Oscar acceptance speech in which he spoke tenderly about two gay men who had made an impact in his life. Hanks will be receiving the Trailblazer Award for his performance in the film, which Outfest sites as “the first major studio film to sympathetically portray characters with HIV/AIDS.”
Previous recipients of the Legacy Award include Hilary Swank, Lee Daniels, Adam Shankman and Bruce Cohen.