"There was a time when I thought, 'This is when I'm going to know if I'm—can I go to that next level?' Because I did Rain Man and Born on the Fourth of July back-to-back, and I thought, 'Can I do this? Do I have talent?'"
Tom was given his answer. His passionate portrayal of an anti-war, pro-human rights activist earned him a Best Actor Oscar® nomination in 1990. Director Oliver Stone was awarded the Best Director Oscar for his work in this intensely moving film.
"When I finished it ... I remember being so exhausted I was sitting on the sidewalk, and Oliver came in, and I just looked up at him and I just realized there's nothing more I could have given," Tom says. "It was a beautiful validation getting the Oscar [nomination]."