The Bridge of Spies co-star Mark Rylance won Best Supporting Actor at the Oscar 2016, beating out Creed’s Sylvester Stallone.
But while Stallone was a huge favorite, even Rocky Balboa goes down once in awhile. After Stallone, the field was considered pretty wide open, with Christian Bale (The Big Short), Tom Hardy (The Revenant) and Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) each considered to have a chance in a non-Stallone scenario.
The role of Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies was generally beloved around town, even if the film was didn’t make that success.
Stallone won the Golden Globe for Creed, and most awards pundits thought that was a knockout punch toward an eventual Oscar. But Rylance won the supporting actor BAFTA earlier this month.
“I’ve always just adored stories, hearing them, seeing them, being in them, so for me to have the chance to work with, I think, one of the greatest storytellers of our time, Steven Spielberg, it’s just been such an honor,” Rylance said during his acceptance speech. “And unlike some of the leaders we’re being presented with these days, he leads with such love that he’s surrounded by masters in every craft on his film, every craft, not the least, Mr. Tom Hanks.”
“People, I’m so pleased that our film has been nominated so many times, and as a face of the film, I meet many people in the streets and it’s lovely to have them, they’re always saying to me, ‘would it help?’ and all that stuff,” Rylance said. “And I think, if you ever wondered about acting with Tom Hanks, would it help. The answer’s clearly yes.”
Now Rylance isn’t just a beloved character actor better known for his accomplishments onstage. Instead, he’ll always be best remembered as the Oscar winner who knocked out Rocky in the final round.