While both snubs were unexpected, it was particularly perplexing to see Hanks spurned by the actors branch. After all, this likeable guy is an academy governor and two-time Best Actor champ ("Philadelphia," 1993; "Forrest Gump," 1994) who delivers an acclaimed performance that earned him nods from the Golden Globes, SAG, BFCA and BAFTA.
What went wrong for Hanks?
This year's Best Actor category was very crowded. While “Captain Phillips” reaped one of the nine Best Picture bids, so did the films of the five nominees: Christian Bale ("American Hustle"), Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").
Hanks may have suffered from the preferential voting system employed by the academy. A small amount of passionate support for a contender can trump those with broad appeal. So, whille it is likely that a respected actor like Hanks -- who delivered a lauded performance in a highly regarded film -- appeared on a large number of ballots, perhaps only a small number ranked him first.
While he won over the New York Film Critics for his performance in "All is Lost," he was snubbed by both SAG and BAFTA. And he was subdued, at best, in his approach to campaigning.
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