Tom Hanks hosted “Saturday Night Live” in October for the first time in nine years. It was his ninth time guesting on the NBC program, although he has made brief appearances over the years, most notably with Jonah Hill in 2012 and when Justin Timberlake was inducted into the five-timers club in 2013. Hanks has never won an Emmy for acting before (or even been nominated), so could 2017 finally be his chance?
The latest hosting gig was a well-received, buzzed-about outing a week before Halloween and two weeks before the presidential election. He starred in the cold open (something rarely done by a host) as moderator Chris Wallace for the third debate. Other funny sketches included “Black Jeopardy,” a CBS commercial for a fake new dramedy, “Sully” being challenged by a new captain (Alec Baldwin), and the now-classic character of David S. Pumpkins on a Halloween ride.
While Hanks is lacking an Emmy nomination for acting, he is a six-time winner for producing movie/miniseries winners “From the Earth to the Moon” (1998), “Band of Brothers” (2002), “John Adams” (2008), “The Pacific” (2010), “Game Change” (2012), and “Olive Kitteridge” (2015). He also won for directing “Band of Brothers.” He has an additional eight career nominations for directing “From the Earth to the Moon,” producing “We Stand Alone Together” (2002), writing “Band of Brothers,” producing “Big Love” (2009), producing “25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert” (2010), producing “The Sixties” (2014, 2015), and producing “The Seventies” (2016).
He has won two Oscars back-to-back for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994), one of only five actors/actresses to do so (Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Katharine Hepburn and Jason Robards). He has been nominated an additional three times for “Big” (1988), “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), and “Cast Away” (2000).
Hanks was the inaugural SAG winner for Best Actor in “Forrest Gump” and won again as part of the ensemble for “Apollo 13” (1995). He has four career Golden Globes in acting categories for “Big,” “Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Cast Away.”
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