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Hanks, Kidman honoured as 2017 awards season starts in Palm Springs
January 3, 2017 / 2:53 PM / in a year

Hanks, Kidman honoured as 2017 awards season starts in Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (Reuters) - Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Nicole Kidman were among the actors honoured at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Monday night as the 2017 awards season began.

Oscar winner Hanks received the “Icon Award” for his portrayal in drama “Sully” of pilot Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who in 2009 carried out a successful emergency plane landing in the Hudson River.

Kidman took the “International Star Award” for “Lion”, in which she plays an Australian woman who adopts an Indian child.

Also honoured at the festival’s Film Awards Gala were Andrew Garfield with the “Spotlight Award” for his role in Mel Gibson’s war drama “Hacksaw Ridge” and Natalie Portman who received the “Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress” for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in “Jackie”.

Actor Tom Hanks (C) departs the East Room after U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) presented him the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in Washington D.C., U.S. November 22, 2016. REUTERS/File Photo

“Manchester by the Sea” actor Casey Affleck took the “Desert Palm Achievement Award”.

“Arrival” actress Amy Adams was given the “Chairman’s Award”, Annette Bening was honoured with the “Career Achievement Award” and “Moonlight” actor Mahershala Ali took the honours in the “Breakthrough Performance” category.

Nicole Kidman presents the award for best actor at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Picking up the “Vanguard Award” which went to musical “La La Land”, actor Ryan Gosling paid tribute to the late Debbie Reynolds.

The 84-year-old “Singin’ in the Rain” star died last week, a day after the death of her “Star Wars” actress daughter Carrie Fisher.

“We watched ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ every day for inspiration and (she was) truly an unparalleled talent, so thank you to her for all that inspiration,” Gosling said.

Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, editing by Ed Osmond

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