Contrary to life, you almost always know what you’re going to get from an Oscar winner: a delightful film with information at its center.
Sure, there have been some deviations over the years, but every “Parasite” has had a “Green Book,” “Crash,” “Miss Daisy Drive,” or “Forrest Gump” to balance the scales.
Tom Hanks, however, thought his 1994 play was an outlier, even though movie fans felt that “Golden Money” or “The Shawshank Redemption” were more deserving of the Best Picture award.
In an extensive New York Times report published last week, the actor defended the film against critics who saw it only as a “totem of hipster nostalgia.”
“The problem with Forrest Gump is that it made a billion dollars. If we just made a successful movie, Bob and I would be geniuses,” he told the outlet, referring to film director Robert- Zemeckis.
But because we made a very successful movie, we were evil geniuses,” Hanks continued. “Is that a bad question? No, but there are books for some of the greatest movies of all time, and Forrest Gump doesn’t show up because, oh, it’s this sad nostalgia festival.”
Hanks went on to point out that he often sees articles arguing that Quentin Tarantino’s “Gold and Paper” should win in this category, acknowledging that the film is an “unquestionable masterpiece.”
But he said “Forrest Gump” also deserves its rightful place.
“Look, I don’t know, but there’s an undeniably heartbreaking moment of humanity in Forrest Gump, when Gary Sinise — who he plays Lieutenant Dan — and his Asian wife in Forrest Gump Walking into our house on our wedding day with Jenny,” Hanks said, the “Magic Legs” scene conveys “what they’ve been through and grateful for every ounce of pain and tragedy they’ve survived.”
“That’s some invisible [expletive],” he continued. “It’s not just running with Duane Eddie’s ‘Rebel'”.
“Forrest Gump” basically swept the 67th Academy Awards, winning six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Director for Zemeckis and Han Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Along with “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” the film beat Best Picture nominees “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “The Quiz Show.”