TOM HANKS PAYS TRIBUTE TO NATALIE PORTMAN AT THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Posted On Jan 05, 2017
Tom Hanks paid tribute to Natalie Portman for her performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in the film Jackie last night at the 28th Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala. “Jackie was always an enigma…….it is that mystery that makes her so fascinating still,” said Hanks. “Natalie is the only actor for the role because Natalie Portman is a mystery.” Oscar contender Natalie Portman, who received the Desert Palm Achievement Award for her performance, spoke about what it meant to her to portray the fashionable First Lady. “When my grandmother moved to Palestine from Romania in the late 1930’s, she and her roommate shared one dress, and they had to take turns who could go out for the day,” said the actress. “The other one would stay home in bed in their underwear while one friend got to be out working wearing their one dress, so I think it would tickle her to know that I got to play one of the best-dressed women in the world.” Portman also spoke about how honored she felt to portray such an iconic legend. “We got to see so many aspects of her that we don’t normally see,” she added. Tom Hanks was also honored last night at the gala. He received the Icon Award for his portrayal in the movie Sully about pilot Chelsey Sullenberger, who successfully landed a plane in the Hudson River in 2009. Hacksaw Ridge actor, Andrew Garfield, took the opportunity on stage to personally thank Hanks for inspiring him to be an actor.