Oscar: Hanks, Tom–or the Importance of Being Eccentric

The best way to win awards in Hollywood is to plaster a young face with old?age makeup–artificial aging is interpreted as an infallible sign of “character”–for those who confuse the art of acting with the art of disguise–Andrew Sarris

Tom Hanks won his second Best Actor Oscar for playing the titular role, the dim-witted, good-natured, All-American boy, in Zemecki’s “Forrest Gump.”
In “Big,” for which Hanks received his Best Actor nomination, Hanks played a boy, who, frustrated by the restrictions imposed on his age group, makes a special wish and wakes up with the body of a thirty-year-old man with a twelve year old sensibility.
In Jonathan Demme’s melodrama, “Philadelphia,” for which Hanks received his first Best Actor Oscar, he plays a gay lawyer dying of AIDS, fighting the system—and winning—at a price
In “Cast Away,” for half of the movie, he plays a survivor of a crash, socializing with and talking to volley ball.