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EW’s Best Actor Oscar Bracket: And the winner is…

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It’s been 17 years since this actor was last nominated for an Oscar, but according to your votes, he’s the all-time best Best Actor to ever take home the Academy Award.

After six rounds of voting, a winner has been crowned in EW’s Best Actor Oscar Bracket, which began with 64 contenders across nearly nine decades of cinema — and it’s Tom Hanks for his performance in Jonathan Demme’s 1993 drama Philadelphia.

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One of the first major Hollywood films to seriously address the HIV/AIDS crisis, Philadelphia starred Hanks as a lawyer who sues his law firm for firing him because of his AIDS diagnosis. For the role, Hanks won an Oscar at the 66th Academy Awards ceremony in 1994, beating out fellow nominees Daniel Day-Lewis (In the Name of the Father), Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do With It), Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day), and Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List).

To win EW’s Best Actor Oscar Bracket, Hanks beat out To Kill a Mockingbird’s father figure Gregory Peck in the finals. (You can download a now-completed version of the bracket here.)

Between now and the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony on March 4, we’ll also be launching brackets for Best Actress and Best Picture. The Best Actress bracket will officially launch on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.

Watch this page for updates throughout.