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Tom Hanks' Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Storied Career

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Tom Hanks received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 1989 for his portrayal of a man-size boy in the movie "Big." More than 25 years later, the actor continues to collect awards and accolades for his myriad performances on and off the big screen. The California-born Hanks has also received kudos for his work as a producer.

Here’s a look at some if Hanks' awards and highlights through his storied career.

1. Academy Award Nominee, Best Actor, “Big” (1989)

Hanks was already an established actor by the time he played a boy who finds himself in the body of a man. But “Big” identified Hanks as an actor who could do equal parts comedy and drama.

In her review of the film, The New York Times critic Janet Maslin said, “Wide-eyed, excited, and wonderfully guileless, Mr. Hanks is an absolute delight, and the film is shrewd in relieving him of the responsibility to behave furtively and hide his altered condition.”

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For his performance, Hanks was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actor category. He lost to Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man”).

2. Academy Award Winner, Best Actor, “Philadelphia” (1994)

This movie takes a raw look at discrimination, homophobia, and AIDS. As a lawyer fired for being diagnosed with AIDS, Hanks steps far beyond any of his previous roles.

Rita Kempley of The Washington Post wrote at the time, “Bald, emaciated, and marked by purple Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions, Hanks heart-wrenchingly recreates the dreadful cost of [AIDS].” The actor showed “both enormous courage and immense ability in the role of Andrew,” Kempley added.

Hanks received his first Best Actor Oscar in 1994 for his performance in “Philadelphia.”

3. Academy Award Winner, Best Actor, “Forrest Gump” (1995)

Who doesn’t reach for a good "Forrest Gump" quote at one time or another? “Stupid is as stupid does.” “My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates.” It’s the delivery of those lines by Hanks — innocent, unassuming, without pretense – that make them so memorable.

Hanks took home an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the earnest Gump, a year after he won for “Philadelphia.”

Roger Ebert said, “Tom Hanks may be the only actor who could have played the role.” His performance, Ebert added, “is a breathtaking balancing act between comedy and sadness.”

4. People’s Choice Award Winner, Producer’s Guild Award Nominee, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2003)

Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, produced this 2002 movie about a Greek-American woman marrying a non-Greek man. Wilson, who is of Greek heritage, is credited with getting the screenplay adapted into a movie. The film won a People’s Choice Award for favorite comedy, and Hanks and Wilson were nominated for a PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

5. Primetime Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, “Game Change” (2012)

We think of him as a movie star, but Hanks has also received accolades for his work on the small screen as both an actor and a producer. In 2012, he received an Emmy for producing the HBO movie “Game Change.”

The movie starred Ed Harris, Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, and looked at John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. After the Emmy Awards ceremony, Wilson captured her husband’s playful nature by tweeting a picture of Hanks taping his statue to the hood of their car.

6. Tony Award Nominee, Best Actor in a Play, “Lucky Guy” (2013)

Way back in 1977, a 21-year-old Hanks got his first taste of acting as a student-intern at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland. Hanks credits his time there with preparing him for an acting career, according to The Plain Dealer.

Fast-forward to 2013, and Hanks is back on stage, this time in Manhattan to play old-style tabloid news guy Mike McAlary, a real-life journalist who worked for Newsday, New York Post, and New York Daily News.

In a review of the Broadhurst Theater production of "Lucky Guy," Ben Brantley of The New York Times said that Hanks was “always gamely and industriously present ... but he’s not given much room to be more.” Nevertheless, Hanks’ performance was deemed worthy of a Tony Award nomination.

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Tom Hanks received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 1989 for his portrayal of a man-size boy in the movie "Big." More than 25 years later, the actor continues to collect awards and accolades. Here’s a look at some of Tom Hanks' awards and highlights earned throughout his storied career.
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