Daniel Day Lewis Vs Tom Hanks: The Better Actor


Daniel Day Lewis and Tom Hanks have given remarkable performances over the years which have won the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Here is a comparison between these two great actors to help you vote who is the better actor.

Daniel Day Lewis Tom Hanks

Extraordinary Achievement 

He is the only actor to win three Academy Awards for the best actor in the leading role category. The highest all time box-office star; one of only two actors to win two consecutive Oscars for Best Actor.


Daniel Day Lewis is known to give lifelike performances. In fact he has redefined method acting. He remains in character for the duration of his roles. He was in the wild for 6 months surviving only on necessities for his role in The Last of the Mohicans. He refused to leave the wheelchair between scenes while portraying a paralytic in My Left Foot. During the filming of Gangs of New York he was diagnosed with pneumonia but refused to wear a modern warmer coat as it was not available in the nineteenth century, the period the film portrays. The stories of his method acting are numerous. Daniel Day Lewis has a dramatic voice, great skills with accents and plays deeply unsympathetic characters to perfection. Also Daniel is known for being very selective while choosing roles. He has acted in only five films since 1998. From crime (Catch Me If You Can) to thriller (Road to Perdition) to drama (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia) to romance (Sleepless in Seattle) to adventure (Cast Away) to comedy (The Terminal) to war (Saving Private Ryan) to sports (A League of Their Own) to biography (Charlie Wilson’s War) to fantasy (Big) to animation (Toy Story) – there is not a single genre where Tom Hanks has not given a memorable performance. No wonder he is known for his versatility. Tom Hanks will not overplay a role that most actors will. A master in playing an ordinary guy caught in an extraordinary situation, he has the great ability to get the audience to emotionally connect with the characters he plays.

Academy Awards

  • Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989)
  • Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007)
  • Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012)
  • 2 more nominations
  • Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia (1993)
  • Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump (1994)
  • 3 more nominations.

Other Prominent Awards

  • BAFTA: 4 wins and 2 nominations
  • Golden Globes: 2 wins and 5 nominations
  • Total: 93 wins and 33 nominations
  • BAFTA: 3 nominations
  • Golden Globes: 3 wins and 4 nominations
  • Total: 69 wins and 62 nominations

Best Performance

The money hungry and emotionally inept Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. Day-Lewis won Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Best Actor awards for his performance. The producer said the film wouldn’t have been given a go-ahead if Daniel Day Lewis hadn’t agreed to play Daniel Plainview. Slow-witted but athletically prodigious Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks won Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Best Actor award for his performance. Hanks’ epic portrayal of Forrest Gump was loved by critics and audiences alike.


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