The Oscars really messed up by snubbing Tom Hanks for his performances in “Captain Phillips” (2013) and “Toy Story” (1995). That’s the consensus of our readers who voted in our poll asking which of his former roles should have made the cut with Oscar voters. Sure, Hanks is already a two-time Oscar winner for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994), but it’s somewhat surprising to learn that he only has five career nominations, the last of which was 16 years ago for “Cast Away” (2000). His other two noms were for “Big” (1988) and “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).
“Captain Phillips” earned almost half of the vote in our poll — 49.82% to be exact — while “Toy Story” was the only other Hanks performance to reap more than 10% support. The other roles that we included in our poll of Hanks’ snubbed Oscar performances were “A League of Their Own” (1992), “The Green Mile” (1999), “Catch Me If You Can” (2002), “Road to Perdition” (2002), “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013) and “Bridge of Spies” (2015).
Three years ago, many Oscar pundits wondered if Hanks would earn two nominations — lead for “Captain Phillips” and supporting for “Saving Mr. Banks” — but he wound up being snubbed for both. Was the competition too fierce that year, or were Oscar voters simply looking to spread to wealth?
Hanks is on fire right now, which could lead to Oscar nomination #6 for the beloved star. He hosted “Saturday Night Live” this week, he’s generating awards buzz for his latest box office success “Sully,” and his new film “Inferno” (the third in the popular “Da Vinci Code” franchise) will be released Friday, October 28.
Of the 23 Oscar experts derived from major media outlets, 12 predict that Hanks will earn a Best Actor nomination for “Sully”: Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (Ent. Weekly), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere). See more Oscar rankings from our Experts.
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