Actor Tom Hanks has joined the list of honourees at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival in California, where he'll be feted with the Chairman's Award for his work in Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks.

The Forrest Gump star joins Steve MCQueen, Julia Roberts and Bruce Dern among the other big names who will be saluted at the event on 4 January (14).

Festival chairman Harold Matzner says, "Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of his generation. In a remarkable feat that vividly illustrates the range of his talent, this year he portrayed two real life characters, each a powerhouse performance in its own right.

"In the film Captain Phillips, he plays Richard Phillips, the captain of a ship hijacked by pirates, while in Saving Mr. Banks he plays Walt Disney trying to turn the book Mary Poppins into a film - two roles that couldn't be more divergent. To this star of many talents the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to honor Tom Hanks and present him with the Chairman's Award."

Past recipients of the award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman.