While Tom Hanks consistently turns in great performances, he’s not been nominated for an Oscar since 2000 when he earned the last of his five Best Actor bids for “Cast Away.” He had won back-to-back Oscars (for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump”) beginning in 1993. That was five years after he reaped his first Oscar nomination for “Big.” His other bid was for “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998, two years prior to “Cast Away.”
This year, Hanks headlines “The Post,” in which he portrays newspaper editor Benjamin Bradlee who convinces publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) to defy the Nixon administration and print secret government documents. While Hanks was nominated for a Golden Globe, he was overlooked by the SAG Awards.
That snub has hurt his Oscar odds, and he has slipped to fifth place on our Best Actor chart. Battling for first are Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”). Also in the hunt are James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) who both earned Globe and SAG nominations.
Since the turn of the century, he’s been snubbed by the Oscars for several portrayals of real-life people that impressed other awards groups.
In 2008, he was nominated at the Golden Globes for for Best Comedy Actor for “Charlie Wilson’s War” That film only earned one Oscar nomination for featured player Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Five years later, he contended at the Globes, SAG and BAFTA awards for “Captain Philips,” in which he played the title role, the helmsman of a cargo ship that is hijacked by Somali pirates. While the film nabbed six Oscar bids, including Best Picture, Hanks was snubbed by the actors branch. He was also overlooked that year for portraying all-time Oscar champ Walt Disney in “Saving Mr Banks,” a film about the making of “Mary Poppins.”
In the 2015 cold war docudrama “Bridge of Spies,” Hanks portrayed lawyer James B. Donovan who was recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of this spy for a captured American pilot. The film fared well, earning a Best Picture nomination and Mark Rylance won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
In 2016’s “Sully,” Hanks embodied Chelsey Sullenberger, the pilot who landed his disabled plane on the Hudson River thus saving all souls aboard. While Clint Eastwood’s film was well-reviewed, it was shut out of the Oscars.
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