Tom Hanks Honored By Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron, More

Steven Spielberg and others show support at Film Society of Lincoln Center gala.

NEW YORK — On Monday night, two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks was honored for a lifetime of career accomplishments at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual gala tribute.

When MTV News caught up with the 52-year-old actor on the red carpet, Hanks was at a loss for words. “I don’t know what to say,” he confessed. “It’s the capital of the world and we blocked enough of the streets. I’m at a loss for understanding how it happened.”

He may not have known exactly how to express his appreciation, but Hanks was still in a great mood, at one point busting into a quick rendition of Jackson Browne’s “Linda Paloma,” before escorting his wife, the actress Rita Wilson, inside the closed-door event.

The A-listers out in force to support Hanks were effusive in their praise of the Hollywood powerhouse.

“My favorite Tom Hanks anything was always ‘Bosom Buddies,’ ” Julia Roberts told MTV News, referring to the early ’80s sitcom in which Hanks made his name. “I texted my best friend this morning who I’ve been best friends with since I was a girl and said, ‘I’m doing this thing with Tom Hanks tonight. What do you think I should say?’ And she goes, ‘You should talk about our utter devotion to ‘Bosom Buddies.’ ”

“Look, I’m being paid a lot of money to be here tonight,” Charlize Theron said, smiling, before going on to recall working with Hanks on her first major film. “I opened my script the other day of ‘That Thing You Do!,’ which I was honored to be in, and he wrote in it, ‘No matter what, I will always claim to have discovered you.’ ”

Other stars in attendance included Steven Spielberg, Sally Field, Ron Howard, Christopher Walken and Adrien Brody. In past years, the Film Society has honored Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep.