After being introduced by Charlize Theron with a montage of his storied acting career, Tom took to the stage to accept the Cecil B. deMille Award in front of the star-studded crowd at the Beverly Hilton hotel, where he became overcome with emotion during his speech.
"A man is --" began the actor, 63, choking up with tears before quickly apologizing. "A man is blessed with a family sitting down front like that," he continued as he motioned to his wife, Rita Wilson, and his children Colin, Truman, Chet and Elizabeth.
"A wife who is fantastic in every way, who has taught me what love is. Five kids who are braver and stronger and wiser than their old man is. And a loving group of people who had put up with me being away months and months and months at a time," he gushed.
"Of course otherwise, I wouldn't be standing here if they didn't have to put up with that. So I can't tell you how much your love means to me."
The attendees applauded uproariously as he added, "So that's the wife and kids."
Tom Hanks (The Cecil B. Demille Award) this is Award for Outstanding Contributions to the World Entertainment.