At the gala, a scruffy Hanks was honored with the Icon Award for his portrayal of the real-life Captain Chesley Sullenberger in Sully, which was presented to him by co-star Laura Linney.
"I was thrilled and stunned to hear the fabulous actor Andrew Garfield finally, finally see to it that the Palm Springs International Film Festival gave some love to Joe Versus the Volcano," Hanks joked while accepting the award, according to The Hollywood Reporter, referring to Andrew Garfield revealing earlier in the night that Hanks' work largely influenced his desire to become an actor.
He then passed the good vibes along as the presenter of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, which was given to a very pregnant Natalie Portman for her much buzzed-about turn in Jackie.
Offstage, Hanks was equally as chummy. He seemed to own the floor as he chatted with friends and peers, and even had a reunion with his Charlie Wilson's War co-star, Amy Adams.
ET spoke with Hanks on the red carpet, where he sweetly remembered Carrie Fisher, who died last week after going into cardiac arrest on a flight from Los Angeles to London. "She was one of the most fascinating brains to come across and certainly a wit for the ages," he said of his co-star in 1989's The 'Burbs.
Watch the video below to hear more from Hanks, then click through the gallery to see all the famous faces who descended upon Palm Springs.