Looking Back At The Oscars 1994 Best Actor Nominees


Although we enjoy the Academy Awards every year, we always walk away with a sour taste in our mouths. Today is the day in which I am going to start my series on the Oscar winners. I will share my thoughts on who won, who should’ve won and who should’ve been nominated.

The first race I am going to tackle is the 1994 Best Actor race.

Here were the 5 Actors nominated for Best Actor.

  • Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump
  • John Travolta – Pulp Fiction
  • Morgan Freeman – The Shawshank Redemption
  • Paul Newman – Nobody’s Fool
  • Nigel Hawthorne – The Madness of King George

Who Won?

The film collected 13 Oscar nominations and walked away with six including Tom Hanks collecting the Best Actor trophy.

Who Should Have Won?: Morgan Freeman – The Shawshank Redemption

Tom Hanks victory for his average performance as Forest Gump is such a travesty. The film as a collective whole is one of the most overrated films in history.

Morgan Freeman’s performance in Shawshank was captivating, raw, emotional and real. He gave the best performance of his career and it was sad that he did get rewarded for it.

“When they put you in that cell,” Red says, “when those bars slam home, that’s when you know it’s for real. Old life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it.”

Who Should Have Been Nominated?: Jim Carrey – The Mask

Look, you are probably thinking I am insane but this performance was a lot better than anyone ever gave it credit for. Comedies and Oscars don’t go hand in hand but this is something we need to get over.

This performance was funny, witty and over the top. It was LIGHT yeas better than Tom Hanks and Forest Gump.

Who would you have picked as the winner? And what film was missing from being nominated?

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