You are demanding that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks replace last year’s champ Casey Affleck to present the Best Actress category on this year’s Academy Awards. Over 2,200 people voted in our poll over the past few days, and exactly half chose Hanks for this prestigious job.
With public scrutiny through the #MeToo movement, Affleck withdrew from his Oscars role last week. It is an annual tradition in the past 25 years to have the previous four acting champs back at the Academy Awards to bestow the trophies to the new winners. Although not yet officially revealed, Emma Stone (“La La Land”), Viola Davis (“Fences”), and Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) will most likely be on stage again to open envelopes.
Our Gold Derby poll offered a dozen previous Best Actor winners as possibilities to present the Best Actress category on March 4. Hanks won as the lead of “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994), plus he’s also a board of governors member representing the acting branch. Whoever is chosen will be revealing the winner among nominees Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), and Meryl Streep (“The Post”).
Our poll results show Hanks way ahead of Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor winner for “The Revenant” (2015), with 17%. The next closest was Daniel Day-Lewis with 10%. He is a three-time champ who won the lead category three times before (“My Left Foot,” 1989; “There Will Be Blood,” 2007; “Lincoln,” 2012). He is a current nominee for “Phantom Thread.”
For the other men in our poll:
Denzel Washington (9%) is a current nominee for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and the person many assume was just edged out by Affleck a year ago. He won Best Actor for the 2001 film “Training Day.”
Jack Nicholson (5%), Best Actor winner for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “As Good as It Gets” (1997).
Jeff Bridges (3%), Best Actor winner for “Crazy Heart” (2009).
Robert De Niro (3%), Best Actor winner for “Raging Bull” (1980).
Jamie Foxx (1%), Best Actor winner for “Ray” (2004).
Matthew McConaughey (1%), Best Actor winner for “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013).
Al Pacino (1%), Best Actor winner for “Scent of a Woman” (1992).
Michael Douglas (0%), Best Actor winner for “Wall Street” (1987).
Forest Whitaker (0%), Best Actor winner for “The Last King of Scotland” (2006).
Be sure to make your Oscar predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on March 4. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our movie forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.