Cruise and Spielberg honoured
Tom Cruise has received a German award for his willingness to take risks in his films, while Steven Spielberg has just won a Golden Globe for his contribution to entertainment.
While the Steven Spielberg award requires no second thought, the award for Tom Cruise is rather dubious, and very surprising considering his initial reception from Germany.
Steven Spielberg is rightfully going to be honoured at the Golden Globes this year on January the 13th. The award is to recognise his career to date and the wonderful films and dramas that he's brought to the world of entertainment, from E.T. to Band of Brothers, from Schindler's List to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
There's no question that this is a well deserved award and that Spielberg should be getting far more of these as his career continues.
The big news is that Tom Cruise is receiving the courage award from the 59th Bambi Awards which will take place in Dusseldorf on Thursday.
According to the Yahoo News story the award is for pursuing projects that would otherwise not have been made, including Valkyrie, the story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg who was key to the plot from within the Germany army to assassinate Hitler and help save the country in 1944.
Of the award the competition jury said:
"Tom Cruise is making an international public familiar with a story that has never before been the theme of a major Hollywood production: the German resistance against the Third Reich."
I think it's more or less clear that this award is for Valkyrie. Without showing Tom Cruise disrespect, because I am actually a fan of some of his acting career, there aren't many films on that list that he had to pursue to get made and carry a similar social responsibility to Valkyrie.
I don't think that's a bad thing either, but can you think of anything else on his career list that could be for this award?
It's also interesting that it's a German award, in a country where Scientology is officially a cult and is seriously frowned upon. So much so that it initially caused the uproar in Germany when the filming was due to begin. Later it was put down to officials concerned for disrespect being shown to the story, German history and the people involved.