Tom Hanks will receive the National Archives Foundation Records of Achievement Award 


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This week the non-profit National Archives Foundation of The United States, announced that Tom Hanks will receive its 2017 Records of Achievement Award.

This honorary prize recognizes “Hank’s career honoring and supporting history through both acting and filmmaking”.

This recognition Tom Hanks will receive in few months by National Archives Foundation is given to those people who offer, from their different professional activities, a conscience about US history.

The award will be given next 21st October in a ceremony that will include a Q&A moderated by documentary filmmaker Kenneth “Ken” Burns. After the election of Hanks for its 2017 Records of Achievement Award, chair of the board of this foundation, A’Lelia Bundles said: “As an actor, director and a producer, he is committed to storytelling that educates and entertains. And as important, his use of historical records highlights the value of preserving National Archives documents for future generations of historians, filmmakers and citizens”.

Other archivists like American David S. Ferreiro expressed his satisfaction by saying: “No actor has covered the span of Twentieth Century American history as broadly as honoree Tom Hanks. He’s served in World War II (in both the European and Pacific Theaters), negotiated for the U.S. in the Cold War, fought in Vietnam, worked in Congress, and led the space program. He’s fought pirates and deadly viruses, befriended mermaids, and saved both Private Ryan and Gary Powers. Off-screen, he supports military veterans and caregivers, environmental issues and the space program. Furthermore, Tom’s a self-described ‘geek’ who collects and still uses typewriters – two characteristics that alone make him worthy of this honor! He’s also been called ‘the coolest guy ever,’ which gives us geeks at the National Archives hope. In addition to his many honors including his place in the Army Ranger Hall of Fame, his two Oscars, and the asteroid named for him, I am proud to honor Tom with our Records of Achievement Award”.

No doubt this archivist made a great description about Hank’s jobs where he talked about films like “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “Catch Me If You Can” (2002), “Apollo 13” (1995), “Captain Phillips” (2013) and “The Pacific”, a HBO series settled at the Second World War and co-produced by this actor and Steven Spielberg. The two-time Academy Award winner for his unforgettable job in “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump”, has been also involved in  recent productions like “Charlie Wilson’s War”, “Sully” and “Bridge of Spies”.

Tom Hanks who recently celebrated his 61, said about this achievement award: “As a dive into archives of almost any kind is, to me, a swim in the finest of waters, I’m dazzled to be a part of this event. Part of my job has always been one not far from that of a lay-Historian, to understand that I am a part of the documenting of the human condition and the American idea, even in the silliest of stories. My hope is that the event is as enjoyable as possible for those who attend; that a Night of Work is not required”.

During this same gala, which takes place in Washington DC, another prize is given, the “Heritage Award”, to those individuals, corporations or organizations whose works are in accordance with Foundation’s mission related to educate, inspire and enriching a deeper appreciation of country’s heritage.

In the past, the achievement award has been given to writer David McCullough, whose books “Truman” and “John Adams” have been adapted to films, the historian Anette Gordon-Reed, the documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the author Robert M. Edsel, writer of “The Monuments Men”, that was adapted to film as well, and director Steven Spielberg in 2013.

Precisely, duo Spielberg/Hanks have worked together in a new film titled “The Papers”, the first as director and executive producer, and the second one in the main role together to Meryl Streep. The movie will be premiered next 22nd December.


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