Well it seems there’s one man who can do no wrong when it comes to the Academy Awards – Mr Tom Hanks! The perfect gentleman, an every man; brilliant at playing your average Joe and yet glowing with that star-quality. The X factor. By golly, we’re fond of him here too but let’s take a look at his record at The Oscars and our highlights from a stellar career…


Tom Hanks has won 2 Best Actor Oscars in total but has a plethora of nominations, both for his acting performances but also via the high quality films he has been cast to star in:

Big (1988) Dir. Penny Marshall

This heartwarming, timeless film brought a first Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Hollywood duly took notice from this point on.

Philadelphia (1993) Dir. Jonathan Demme

The breakthrough, with a much-deserving win for Best Actor for the very first time.

Forrest Gump (1994) Dir. Robert Zemeckis

A film so ambitious and infectious, it’s hard not to enjoy it. Tom Hanks won Best Actor for a second year running with an iconic performance.

Apollo 13 (1995) Dir. Ron Howard

Kevin Bacon, Tom Hanks, and Bill Paxton talking in ship in a scene from the film ‘Apollo 13’, 1995. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)

Best Picture nomination with this collaboration with director Ron Howard, he would later go on to star in Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code.

Toy Story (1995) Dir. John Lasseter

His first attempt at voicing a cartoon and what a humdinger of a toon to choose! The first major feature-length computer-generated movie from Disney changed cinema and won the Special Achievement Academy Award in the process.

Saving Private Ryan (1998) Dir. Steven Spielberg

Nominated for Best Actor, in this World War II epic, for the ages. I sometimes forget it’s Tom Hanks in this lead role such is the quality of the action and scale of the film. Arguably his most subtle role to date.

The Green Mile (1999) Dir. Frank Darabont

This Stephen King adaptation was nominated for Best Picture.

Cast Away (2000) Dir. Robert Zemeckis

Best Actor nomination as Zemeckis oversees a Hanks transformation as dramatic as Forrest Gump, just 6 years earlier, but a tad unlucky coming up against the epic that was Gladiator and it’s lead man, Russell Crowe.

Catch Me If You Can (2002) Dir. Steven Spielberg

The film was nominated for John Williams’ Original Score. Not as ‘subtle’ with his performance here but definitely understated. He was the perfect foil to con artist Frank Abagnale (played by Leonardo DiCaprio).

Bridge Of Spies (2015) Dir. Steven Spielberg

Best Picture nominee in this brooding Cold War thriller, much of what was good about this was when Hanks was onscreen with British actor Mark Rylance.

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Dir. John Lee Hancock

All about the making of multi-award winning 1964 film Mary Poppins; Tom Hanks has found himself taking on more real-life roles later in his career.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2020) Dir. Marielle Heller

His latest acting nomination, on this occasion in a supportive role as real-life television icon Fred Rogers.

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