- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mark Rylance won the Oscar for best supporting actor Sunday night for his role in “Bridge of Spies.”

Mr. Ryalnce portrayed captured Soviet spy Rudolph Abel, who was exchanged for American pilot Gary Powers, who was shot down over Russia while piloting a U2 spy plane.

It was his first nomination and win. “Bridge of Spies” was directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Matt Charman.

The other four actors nominated in this category are Christian Bale, for playing an eccentric hedge-fund manager who bets on a Wall Street collapse in “The Big Short”; Tom Hardy as the principal antagonist in the human-hunting drama “The Revenant”; Mark Ruffalo as a Boston Globe reporter investigating priestly sex abuse in “Spotlight”; and Sylvester Stallone reprising his legendary Rocky Balboa character, this time in the “Mickey” role, training a young fighter in “Creed.”

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