What it sounds like. I will do lists for Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting actress too. Man, this list was really hard to make. So many great performances. And how do you rank them!? But, I have added on the latest winner because I feel that he deserves to be on this list. I only put him at 16 to save me the trouble of having to mess with the list a bunch. he deserves to be higher.
Since the Academy is incredibly Pro-Gay, they have the habit of taking Best Actor away from the person who deserved it and giving it to a person who played a homosexual character. Nowhere is this more evident than Tom Hanks' Best Actor win in 1993 over Liam Neeson for Schindler's List. However, I must agree with this one. William Hurt was absolutely fantastic. Definitely deserved it.
This is another one that if I didn't know better I'd say that he's actually mentally handicapped. If Tom Hanks' performance in this movie wasn't so great, than this whole movie would have just imploded on itself. It's not a ding on the movie but if you don't have someone good playing Forrest, then you have a bad movie. As it is, Tom Hanks did the role perfectly.
Let's start with the fantastic opening monologue. One of the best that I have ever heard. "Now I want you to remember, that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country, he won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for HIS country" I did the monologue for a theater class and whoo boy did I not do it justice. Only George C. Scott can. Only George C. Scott can play Patton, the only allied General that the Nazis truly feared. For good reason. If George C. Scott's performance has any historical accuracy (I know the voice isn't right though) Patton scared the s*** out of everyone. The dude took on an airplane with a pistol for goodness sakes (In the movie I don't know about real life). he absolutely rocked. See Patton for Scott's performance. I don't care what anyone else says, Patton deserved the Best Picture win it got. Too bad Scott declined the Oscar.