BY Advocate.com Editors
November 23 2009 6:50 PM ET
Tom Hanks Wins an Oscar for Philadelphia
1994 Academy Awards
Tom Hanks’s Oscar acceptance speech for playing a gay man dying of AIDS in Philadelphia will probably always be remembered as the speech in which he inadvertently outed his high school drama teacher. But the straight, A-list actor did more for gay rights and AIDS awareness with that speech than any awards-show moment had managed before.