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Tom Cruise Named First Actor Winner of Pioneer of the Year Award

Tom Cruise has become the first-ever actor to be honored with the Pioneer of the Year Award.
Apr 26, 2018 by: WENN


Tom Cruise Named First Actor Winner of Pioneer of the Year Award

Tom Cruise has become the first-ever actor to be honored with the Pioneer of the Year Award.

The action star was honored at a dinner on Wednesday night at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. 

The award, which is given to a member of the motion picture community to honor professional leadership, service, and commitment to philanthropy, is given by the by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. Previous recipients include Cecil B. DeMille, one of American cinema's founding fathers, former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. 

"I grew up going to the movies and I wanted to make movies since I was four," Cruise said in his acceptance speech, according to Variety. "I’m very proud to be part of this family. We take care of our own, that’s what families do. I love what I do and I will cherish this beautiful award."

The dinner, hosted by James Corden, was held at Caesars Palace, with Cruise's Mission: Impossible co-star Simon Pegg also taking to the stage to pay tribute to his friend and colleague. 

Guests were treated to a highlight reel of 55-year-old Cruise’s Hollywood career, which has spanned more than 35 years, with the compilation receiving a standing ovation. 

Later in his 15-minute speech, Cruise thanked those who had helped him succeed. He also took time to acknowledge the work of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, which provides financial assistance and supportive counseling to those in theatrical exhibition who are experiencing hardship due to illness, accident or underemployment. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Cruise teased details of upcoming film Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the sixth film in the franchise, which hits theaters in July.