was among the five people toasted by Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center this year and the he spoke to ET about the honor.
"It's very special to look out at a bunch of people," said the two-time Oscar winner,
"and there's my wife and my five kids all together."
That's saying a lot considering the other distinguished guests in the room, which included fellow honorees Sting, Rev. Al Green, Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride, the evening's host Stephen Colbert and President Barack Obama with his wife First Lady Michelle Obama.
Tom, an ardent music fan, has spoken in the past about his love for both Al Green and Sting, and he's not the only one. Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, also displayed his love of Al Green by serenading his wife, The Talk co-host Julie Chen, with "Let's Stay Together."
"That's my favorite song when my husband sings it to me," Julie said.
Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Meryl Streep all took to the stage at different points of the ceremony to praise the honorees. Fans can watch the entire event when it airs Dec. 30 on CBS.