However, when Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, Hanks was left on the outside looking in, failing to secure nods for either his lead role in the former film or his supporting role in the latter.
Hanks has a reputation as something of an Oscar darling, but his recent snubbing raises a question: Are academy voters over Hanks, or has he just not impressed them recently? His most recent nomination, after all, was 13 years ago, for "Cast Away."
Throughout the 1990s -- actually, between 1989 and 2001 -- Hanks was a constant presence at the
Hanks was nominated in 1999 for his performance as a soldier in the World War II movie
Post-"Cast Away," however, Hanks has been in an Oscar dry spell. Six of his films since then have bore the hallmarks of award-season hopefuls, with serious dramatic roles, big-name directors, and fall or winter release dates: "Catch Me if You Can" (2002)
None of those six films earned Hanks an Academy Award nomination.
One could make the case that those movies simply weren't up to Oscar snuff, Hanks or no Hanks. "Extremely Loud" and "Cloud Atlas" in particular received mixed reviews and underwhelmed at the box office.
"Captain Phillips," on the other hand, has been hailed as some of Hanks' best work, and it still didn't net him an Oscar nomination. That could have as much or more to do with the high level of competition in the category than academy voters' feelings about Hanks himself. Either way, the cold streak continues.