In his long acting history, Tom Hanks has starred in numerous top films. Hanks is one of only two actors to have won two consecutive Best Actor Oscars. The other actor is Spencer Tracy, who won the award in 1937 for Captains Courageous and in 1938 for Boys Town.
He also won two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor. He won the award for his performance in the 1993 film Philadelphia, and then again for his performance in the 1994 film Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 1995 awards.
There he had fierce competition, in the form of Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption. Many believe that Quentin Tarantino's film should have won the top prize that year, but it didn't happen. At that time, it was not known what those films would become and what influence they would have on American and world culture.
In the last ten years or so, various critics have started saying that Forrest Gump deservedly won all the awards that year. In an interview with The New York Times, Hanks addressed the long-standing debate about Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction.
The actor does not deny that the latter film deserves an Oscar, but admits that Gump had something that made it stand out.
Pulp Fiction is a masterpiece
"The problem with Forrest Gump is that he made a billion dollars. If only we had made a successful film, we would be geniuses.
But we created a world sensation and became mad geniuses. Is that bad? Of course not. But if you read the books that mention the best movies of all time, you will see that there is no Forrest Gump in there," said Hanks. "Every year they mention Pulp Fiction as the movie that should have won the Oscar, and there's no doubt about it, that movie is a masterpiece.
But Forrest Gump has that moment of heartbreaking humanity, especially when Gary Since's character and his wife walk up to Forrest Gump and Jenny's house after they get married. At that moment, Forest and he realize what they have been through and feel grateful for every bit of pain and tragedy they have survived," the actor claims.