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  • Bill Buchanan
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    Where to begin…

    He has done Iconic Films, acclaimed films, overturned the stigma against romantic comedies with stellar performances. He switched to drama, got 5 Oscar nominations with two wins. He’s starred in 6 Best Picture nominees…

    Let us pay a tribute to (one of) the finest actors of the past 25 years…

    1980s
    1- Splash
    2-  Big
    3- Turner & Hooch

    1990s
    1- A League of Their Own
    2- Sleepless in Seattle
    3- Philadelphia
    4- Forrest Gump
    5- That Thing You Do!
    6-  Apollo 13
    7- Toy Story
    8- Saving Private Ryan
    9- Toy Story 2
    10- The Green Mile

    2000s
    1- Cast Away
    2- Road to Perdition
    3- Catch Me If You Can
    4- The Terminal
    5- Charlie Wilson’s War
    6- Angels and Demons (despite being a critical flop, I included it in this list because i loved it, while I thought “the da vinci code” could have been MUCH better)

    2010s
    1- Toy Story 3
    2-  Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (IMHO, the 4th best of this year’s BP line-up, after The Artist, The Help and Midnight in Paris)

    He’s also Produced several emmy award winning series/miniseries/tv films such as:
    1- From the Earth to the Moon
    2- Band of Brothers
    3- Big Love
    4- John Adams
    5- The Pacific
    and this year’s Game Change

    Now… many people dislike his films and/or his acting style, and this is what we’re here to discuss. The work of Tom Hanks, what you like and dislike.

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    babypook
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    I really like Tom Hanks. I probably always have. I’ve watched him in most everything, including television; doesnt disappoint. Except, for “Larry Crowne”. I think I caught him acting. Then again, I’ve seen Sandra Bullock and Kate Winslet ‘acting’ once. It can happen. And Julia Roberts was worse than Tom in that film, imo.
    Loved him in “Big”, “A League of Their Own”, “Dragnet”, and so on.

    Would it bother me to see him win a third Oscar? If not as an actor, but as a producer? Best Pic?

    Lol. Ya, I know how ‘beloved’ he is around here…..

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    Conrado
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    I was never a big fan of Hanks. I was especially underwelmed by his Oscar-winning role in ‘Forrest Gump’ and even though ‘Philadelphia” was fine, the role that really sold me on Hanks’ abilities as an actor was ‘Cast Away’. That is one fine performance and the one he should have won the Oscar for (in my opinion).

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Hanks’s next films will be “Cloud Atlas” and a movie whcih IMDB calls “Captain Philips” Maersk Alabama hijacking.

    He is also in talks to star as Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks”, which would tell the story of 
    the making of the children’s classic “Mary Poppins”.

    Do any of these films have Oscar Buzz? The most obvious one would be Saving Mr. Banks, but could Cloud Atlas become one of this year’s critic’s darlings?

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    dannyboy.
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    Emily Blunt for the Julie Andrews role in the making of Mary Poppins!

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    Anthony
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    As a kid, I was a HUGE Tom Hanks fan and loved seeing everything he did, but as I have gotten older, I still love him but don’t know if I support his Oscar wins or not. 

    I actually think my favorite performances by him are in BIG, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, and CAST AWAY…..I feel his PHILADELPHIA Oscar should go to Liam Neeson but he can keep his FORREST GUMP Oscar (I need to rewatch all ten performances to determine for sure). He should won his second Oscar for CAST AWAY.

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    iskolar
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    Oh I just love Tom Hanks. I’m a big fan, and this might seem a minority opinion here, but I’d rather have him win a 3rd Oscar thna let’s say Daniel Day Lewis.

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    Miss Frost
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    Definitely one of my favorite actors. My lord after I saw the Oscars this year, he has really gotten old. (Or its probably just me.)
    I don’t see how his win for Phildelphia was undeserved, his film and performance was a lot like Jodie Foster’s Accused. Baity as hell.
    Although I don’t think Forest Gump deserved any award it won that year (specifically BP against Mastepieces such as Shawshank and Pulp Fiction.) But I was impressed with his performance after giving it another view. Definitely on my list of favorite actor wins.

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    A Person
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    I think his performance in Catch Me If You Can is very underrated, if it had been up to me it would have been him getting the Supporting Actor nomination that year and not Walken (a case of the Academy having some Hanks fatigue after having nominated him so many times in the 90s?)

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    M H
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    I like Tom Hanks very much when he is having fun. I don’t love him as a heavy dramatic actor – I don’t think it suits him. With a character with some humor that he can have some fun with, there are few better. I wish he would return to doing that kind of film more often.

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    babypook
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    Oh I just love Tom Hanks. I’m a big fan, and this might seem a minority opinion here, but I’d rather have him win a 3rd Oscar thna let’s say Daniel Day Lewis.

    Minority? I’d say we’re breaking even so far, in this thread Isk.  I’d love to see him win a third. Also, loved him in his wins and nominations.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    I like Tom Hanks very much when he is having fun. I don’t love him as a heavy dramatic actor – I don’t think it suits him. With a character with some humor that he can have some fun with, there are few better. I wish he would return to doing that kind of film more often.

    Nope. I’d rather watch PHILADELPHIA, ROAD TO PERDITION, or SAVING PRIVATE RYAN than a single frame of BIG or that wretched desecration of THE LADYKILLERS.

    I also love FORREST GUMP, but I don’t really consider that a comedy per se… at least not an idiotic one.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^I mostly agree, other than your dismissal of ‘Big’. I think it’s delightful as is Hanks in it.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    What I find really amazing is that every single person adores one Tom Hanks movie at least. Those who don’t like Forrest Gump, love Saving Private Ryan, and those who don’t like that love Apollo 13, Philadelphia, Big or any other of his comedies.

    Although I don’t think Forest Gump deserved any award it won that
    year (specifically BP against Mastepieces such as Shawshank and Pulp
    Fiction.) But I was impressed with his performance after giving it
    another view. Definitely on my list of favorite actor wins.

    Personally, I find it a weird when people say that. I consider Forrest Gump to be a masterpiece as well. And I believe its win in 1994 was justified, even against those two heavy competitors (which I loved as well). I think that Pulp Fiction’s strength came more from the script than from the performances. And the Academy apparently agreed, by giving it the Original Screenplay Oscar.

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    Morgan Henard
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    ^My first film to see him in was Turner and Hooch. It’s a completely fluffy laugh-out-loud comedy (w/ some drama thrown in), but I must have watched it at least 50 times when I was little. It was also the first film that made me cry (because of the ending)…Ha, but of course I like him for his other work. I’ll always love Forrest Gump and don’t understand why so many dislike it. And I’m still beyond pissed that Robin Wright didn’t get nominated.

    -Morgan 

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