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Last nomination: Best Actor for Cast Away (2000)
Last win: Best Actor for Forrest Gump (1994)

Tom Hanks first scored his Best Actor prize for his performance in Philadelphia at the 66th Academy Award in 1993. A year later, he won the same title again for playing the iconic title character in Forrest Gump.

Who could ever forget Tom sitting on a bench, saying, "My momma always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get'"?

Tom might not have scored a Best Actor nomination since 2000, but several of his characters have left deep impression on audiences; one such as the role of Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009).

Plus, ask any young child who Sheriff Woody from the Toy Story franchise is and they're bound to go "There's a snake in my boot".

This year, Tom will return to the silver screens with Larry Crowne, a comedy-drama film which is directed, produced and written by the actor himself.