2 items from 2016
Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, and starring an outstanding cast including; Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks (Forest Gump, Cast Away, Saving Private Ryan) as James Donovan, and BAFTA© winner Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl, Intimacy, Angels and Insects) as Rudolf Abel, Bridge Of Spies a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of the Cold War.
The film tells the story of Brooklyn based lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), as he is first recruited by the CIA to defend an arrested Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel in court, and then thrown head on into the centre of the conflict when they send him to Germany and task him with the near impossible mission of negotiating the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. However Donovan risks the anger of the agency and the Us Government when he decides to stake Abel’s return to »
- Dan Powell
In the war of scene-stealing antagonists this year, Oscar Isaac's Nathan (Ex Machina) > Tom Hardy's Fitzgerald (The Revenant). We love both actors here at Tfe and loved them before the rest of the web did (brag brag) but when it comes down to awards season you have to make tough choices.
That's just a handy way of saying Oscar and I go our separate ways more often than not in the acting categories but now both lists are available for your (hopeful) entertainment...
Best Supporting Actor
On the subject of category placement antagonists are often tricky. They definitely move the plot -- neither The Revenant or Ex Machina can function without these devious men, but often you can see either argument for lead or supporting. While Ex Machina arguably has three leads being such a chamber drama I occasionally relax the soapbox for performances that straddle the divide. »
- NATHANIEL R
2 items from 2016
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