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My Dear Friend Oscar: Best Actor in Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The MDFO series has returned! And what better way to do so than to look at one of the best films of the ‘90s, “Forrest Gump,” is a movie that everyone knows at this point. This week we will look at one of the six Oscars that this film took home at the 1995 Academy Awards.

To begin, lets look at what other actors were up against Tom Hanks in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category. We have Morgan Freeman, in what is widely considered one of the best movies of all time, “The Shawshank Redemption,” Nigel Hawthorne in, “The Madness of King George”, Paul Newman in, “Nobody’s Fool” and finally John Travolta for, “Pulp Fiction”. This was a group of actors that offered up very stiff competition. However, the performance that Hanks put forth in “Forrest Gump” is, in my personal opinion, up there among the best.

An actor who can say a great deal, without saying anything at all is the epitome of the acting profession. There is a scene towards the end where Forrest Gump is told that he is a father, he then says nothing at all, but Hanks’ performance and facial expression throughout the scene emits an overwhelming sensation of both responsibility and delight. You can tell exactly what is going on in the character’s mind, which is only possible with an incredibly strong actor at the helm.

Hanks won back-to-back Best Actor Oscar Awards with this movie after he won in 1994 for “Philadelphia.” He has also received a best actor nomination for three other films, including “Big,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Cast Away.” His most recent role was “Saving Mr. Banks” portraying Walt Disney; his next movie, “A hologram For The King,” is due to be released in 2016.



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