It is great to know that no matter what happens, we've got the actors and actresses and screenwriters fighting for truth, justice and the American way. Who needs Superman when we've got these honorable folks:
- Tom Hanks has been named an honorary member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame. What? You didn't know he was an Army Ranger? That's because he wasn't. He only played one in the movies. And that is apparently enough to be honored, though not enough to actually care about being honored. Cited for his portrayal of a World War II Army Ranger in Saving Private Ryan, Hanks couldn't even manage to show up to the induction ceremony, where he was also recognized for his work on Band of Brothers, his role as national spokesman for the World War II Memorial Campaign and for his serving as honorary chairman of the D-Day Museum Capital Campaign. Sure, he's a busy man, but his lack of attendance and lack of actually being a Ranger puts him far below the following honorees:
- Brad Pitt has been named one of Newsweek's "15 People Who Make America Great" for drawing attention to African causes. He and girlfriend Angelina Jolie were recognized for selling photos of their baby for $4 million. Oh yeah, and giving the money to charity. Wait, doesn't that mean he should be on the list of people who make Africa great?
- Nicolas Cage, on the other hand, makes Earth great. He donated $2 million to Amnesty International to use in the aid of former child soldiers all over the world. He wasn't technically honored for it, but I thought that I'd point it out anyway. I'm sure he got an award from God or something.
- Charlize Theron, who also just raised money for Africa, was given the Los Angeles Film Festival's Spirit of Independence award. The awards director, Dawn Hudson, said that, "She's taken on challenging roles in her career when other movie stars don't." So, I think she got the award for being in Aeon Flux.
- Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco were given the Humanitas Prize for their screenplay for Crash. The award is said to honor work that helps "liberate, enrich and unify society." I think there's been a mistake, because if there is one movie that didn't unify society this year, it is Crash. When it won the Oscar for Best Picture, I thought we were going to have a civil war because of how people took the news.