Tom Hanks has been named the new vice president of America's Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences - the body which awards the Oscars.

The SAVING PRIVATE RYAN star has been nominated for Academy Awards five times, and was named Best Actor in 1994 and 1995 for his performances in PHILADELPHIA and Forrest Gump respectively.

Hanks succeeds previous vice president Sid Ganis, who has been named president after Frank Pierson's four year term in charge of the prestigious academy came to an end on Tuesday (23AUG05).