Thanking his wife Rita Wilson, and children, Colin, Truman, Chet and Elizabeth, who were in attendance, Hanks choked back tears, describing himself as "a man [who] is blessed with a family sitting down front like that".
Tom Hanks, regarded as one of the nicest men in show business, was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on Sunday to mark his 30-year movie career.
Some responses were more biting, especially as several users recalled that back in 2015, Chet repeatedly asserted that he has every right to use the N-word: "I do say the n word in real life amongst my black friends who get me and can't nobody tell me I can't say what the [expletive] I feel like no disrespect to the struggle of black ppl during the civil rights movement but it's 2015 now", he wrote on Instagram at the time.
Of course a speech from the unimpeachable actor who played Walt Disney and Fred Rogers was going to make some people cry, but Hanks showing up with a sniffle in his nose and a heart overflowing with emotion opened the floodgates even farther than anyone could have expected.
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He added, "And a loving group of people who have put [up] with me being away months and months and months at a time". According to SF Gate, he told the wellwisher, "I have a cold, so shake my elbow". "You just have to somehow put it all together", he said, "have faith in what the process is, and go there".
The ever-humble Hanks also spoke highly of the directors he's worked with over the years, giving credit to the likes of Nora Ephron, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
It's still the first week of 2020 so it's not like this Tom Hanks meme has a ton of competition (so far) but it is a pretty solid reaction meme.
In addition to his Cecil B. DeMille Award, Hanks in also nominated for best actor in a supporting role in any film for his role in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, but sadly lost to Brad Pitt.
By the way, in what is perhaps the most Tom Hanks of Tom Hanks moments, the actor was spotted politely declining a congratulatory handshake.