The Will Rodgers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation awards their annual Pioneer of the Year award at a dinner on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. This year's recipient was Megastar Tom Cruise, The first actor in the foundations 70 plus year history to receive this honor. The evening also raised a record-breaking $1.6 million dollars for the foundation.
After the Sponsors' presentations and a terrific meal, Master of ceremonies, late night talk show host, Jame Cordon kicked off the tribute with a hilarious monologue. Next up Tony award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. serenaded the audience with a short set of song, mostly from Hamilton. Then a star-studded video presentation played as friends and colleagues offered Cruise congratulations.
Finally, Director Chris McQuarrie, who has directed Cruise in at least 9 films, introduced the man of the hour who graciously and genuinely thanked everyone for the award and honor.
For the third day of Cinemacon 2018, exciting presentations, numerous surprises, and a well-deserved honor made for a wonderful and fulfilling day.
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Photo credit: Getty Images for CinemaCon/Alberto E. Rodriguez