Tom Hanks Defends Forrest Gump’s Best Picture Win
It’s a tale as old as time (or at least as old as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences): the thrilling and innovative film loses the Best Picture award to the sickening and enjoyable movie of the year. It’s happened so often it’s almost not worth mentioning, but it’s still a sore point for tom hank.
Hanks hurts not because his movie lostbut because it’s 1995 to win was so controversial. “The problem with Forrest Gump is it made a billion dollars. If we had just made a hit movie, [director Robert Zemeckis] and I would have been geniuses. But because we made a wildly successful movie, we were evil geniuses,” he explained in an interview with The New York Times. “Is this a bad problem to have?” No, but there are books about the greatest movies of all time, and Forrest Gump does not appear because, oh, that’s it sappy nostalgia festival.”
And the actor is well aware of the talk around the contest (which that year included Shawshank takeover, Four weddings and a funeral, quiz showand pulp Fiction): “Every year there’s an article that says, ‘The movie that should have won best picture‘ and it is always pulp Fiction. pulp Fiction is a masterpiece without a doubt.
In an impassioned defense, Hanks continued, “Look, I don’t know, but there’s an undeniable heartbreaking moment of humanity in Forrest Gump when Gary Sinise – he plays Lieutenant Dan – and his Asian wife arrive at our house the day Forrest and Jenny are getting married… Then I look at him and I say, “Lieutenant Dan”. I could get teary thinking about it now.
He continued, “Forrest and Lt. Dan in those four words: ‘magic legs’; “Lieutenant Dan”: Understand all they’ve been through and feel gratitude for every ounce of pain and tragedy they’ve survived. That’s some intangible shit right there. It’s not just about running with Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser.”
Hanks and Zemeckis are next meeting for Disney’s Live-Action Remake Pinocchioso it seems that nostalgia is still win, no matter what those vexing annual articles say.