July 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm #545336
I absolutely detest Hanks’ win here. Terrible performance that was a total caricature of a disabled person. His voice was just so overdone and somewhat insulting.
He stole this Oscar right out from under Freeman.July 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm #545338
I’ve made it obvious on this board what I think of Forrest Gump and Hanks’ performance in the film – Sinise and Field were the only redeemable parts of the ghastly film.
Darabont brought out a side of Freeman that we’d never seen before at the time. The final 15 minutes or so of The Shawshank Redemption – beginning with the “I don’t give a shit” parole monologue – is some of the greatest understated acting you will ever see on film. Robbins does more of the flashier work, but it is Freeman who experiences the titular “redemption” and ultimately has a greater impact on the viewer.
This is generally a very strong category sans Hanks – whose nomination I would give to Ralph Fiennes in the grossly underrated Quiz Show. Hawthorne and Newman are both very strong. I find Travolta to be the weakest link of Pulp Fiction – though he is still quite good. Does anybody else think he would’ve made a good Forrest Gump?July 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm #545339
Hanks’ performance in Forrest Gump was a caricature. It was a stunt more than a performance. The film is mediocre and has major shortcomings, the biggest one of which is Hanks in the lead role.
I voted for Freeman because to be honest, I think the film is a drag and he’s the only thing that makes it watchable (don’t stone me to death please). Though I definitely think Paul Newman also deserves it for what turned out to be his last amazing performance.July 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm #545340
Hands down the best leading male performance of 1994 was Terrence Stamp in “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. The best of the nominated work is Paul Newman’s for sure. Hawthrone & Freeman just after. Travolta was alright, after “Get Shorty” the next year he has never been alright or better since – just plain bad. Totally agree with everyone else so far about Hanks, one of the aboslute worst wins ever.
5. HanksJuly 6, 2013 at 4:21 am #545341
FIFTH: Nigel Hawthorne
in The Madness of King GeorgeAn amazing performance
from a veteran actor, but I just feel like it wasn’t going to be an Academy
Award winning performance in that particular
year. I would have given it to him
if the film were made ten years later, because at this point the AMPAS’
obsession with real people was in its early
FOURTH: Tom Hanks in
Hanks is an amazing actor,
and he deserved the Best Actor award for Philadelphia, but somehow I don’t see
why he deserved to win for a very schmaltzy, over-the-top performance in a
family film. He should have won for Saving Private Ryan or Cast Away (or both
even) but not for Forrest Gump
THIRD: Paul Newman in
Like someone above stated,
it was Newman’s last great performance, and he was showing his age here, but
not any decline in acting ability. He would have been a worthy winner of this
award, and if he hadn’t won for The Color of Money, this would be his Al Pacino
SECOND: Morgan Freeman
in The Shawshank Redemption
Amazing performance from
Morgan Freeman. I do think that this was more of a Supporting performance than
a Lead one, but it could be either. I do feel that Freeman deserved to win for
this and Million Dollar Baby, but at least he has won at least one.
FIRST: John Travolta in
doesn’t love a comeback? There have been very few comebacks as phenomenal as
John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. He was absolutely mesmerizing as Vincent Vega.
He could have won for any singular scene – the twisting scene, the scene in the
restaurant, the scenes with Samuel L. Jackson. It’s a shame he didn’t win
because it was an absolutely mesmerizing performance. Vincent Vega is an iconic
character, and that is partially due to Tarantino’s sheer brilliance, but also Travolta’s
masterful performance.July 6, 2013 at 4:26 am #545342
Here is my dream list of nominees:
July 6, 2013 at 11:24 am #545343
- Terrence Stamp in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
- Johnny Depp in Ed Wood
- John Travolta in Pulp Fiction
- Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral
- Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump
I find it interesting that you rank both Freeman and Travolta higher than Hanks, but Freeman does not your personal lineup even though Hanks does.July 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm #545344
Morgan Freeman.July 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm #545345
This Oscar WAS Freeman’s. He owns the Shawshank Redemption. Without him it would not be the same film. You can’t say that about any of the other nominees.July 7, 2013 at 4:47 am #545346
Tom Hanks’ performance was dependent on subtle facial idiosyncracies that captured humorous/serious emotions perfectly and expressed them to the viewers without having to say or do anything over-the-top. The previous year should have gone to Neeson, but Hanks was deserving this year.
As for Travolta and Freeman, they did well, but I can picture dozens of other actors playing those those roles just as well, if not better.
I still really need to see The Madness of King George…July 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm #545348
So many great performances aren’t on this list:
I don’t think Tom Hanks was that horrible in Forrest Gump, but I do think that this Oscar should’ve been Morgan Freeman’s, even though I am not in love with Shawshank Redemption like many people seem to be.July 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm #545349
Definitely Morgan Freeman. What a mesmerizing performance in a sensational film. I love me some Tom Hanks, but he should’ve won for only “Cast Away.”July 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm #545350
Tom Hanks potrayal is kinda insulting, i detest him. This shouldve been Morgan’s.