Tom Hanks admits Oscar-winning turn as gay lawyer in 'Philadelphia' couldn't happen today

Tom Hanks may have won an Oscar for his turn as a gay lawyer battling AIDS in the 1993 film "Philadelphia"

"Philadelphia" — but he doesn't think his performance would go over well today.

"The whole point of 'Philadelphia' was don’t be afraid. One of the reasons people weren’t afraid of that movie is that I was playing a gay man."

 Hanks earned his first best actor Oscar for his performance in "Philadelphia" as Andrew Beckett, a gay attorney diagnosed with AIDS and battling workplace discrimination.

Hanks took home his second best actor Oscar a year later for playing the title role in 1994's "Forrest Gump. "The Austin native actually went into college undeclared, tried to transfer to the communications department.

In his "Philadelphia" acceptance speech, Hanks said his work in the film "is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels."

"We know their names," he continued. "They number a thousand for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. But, wait: What exactly does a production coordinator do? For Martinez-Arndt, it's where her second degree

That clears their skin and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident, common-sense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent creator of us all and was written down on paper by wise men, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia 200 years ago."