The Definitive Ranking Of On-screen Tom Hanks Interactions With Inanimate Objects

  1. 1.
    The gold standard of an actor interacting with an inanimate object. Audiences wept when Wilson was lost to the sea. We loved Wilson because Hanks loved Wilson.
  2. 2.
    Baby corn
    Endlessly funny. Hanks elevates the humor of an already funny vegetable. Get this guy (another) Oscar!
  3. 3.
    Various Airport Items
    The look on his face when he discovers he can get money from returning luggage carts... his struggles to create a bed from gate chairs... get this guy (another another) Oscar!
  4. 4.
    A Giant Keyboard
    Iconic, though the way Hanks interacts with the keyboard is not unexpected — I'd liked to have seen him really explore the implications of a giant working keyboard a bit more. Still, points awarded for commitment.
  5. 5.
    Box of Chocolates
    Average. I'd like to have seen more interaction between the two. Surprised he got an Oscar for this role given the minimal interaction with the aforementioned inanimate object.
  6. 6.
    Jury's out if Zoltar qualifies as "inanimate." Still, not the most impressive interaction — think this was really a missed opportunity.