Bridge of Spies

2016 Oscar Nominations

With the Golden Globes in our rear-view mirrors, the Oscars are just ahead and today, the Oscars officially announced all the nominations for 2015 films. We’ve got the full list plus some numbers about the nominated films.

Our list of nominees, as you’ll see below definitely includes some major front runners. The films The Martian, The Revenant, and Mad Max: Fury Road are nominated in several categories including 12 nominations for The Revenant, 7 for The Martian, and 10 for Mad Max: Fury Road. Meanwhile, others films got a few nods. Star Wars received 5 nominations, mostly in technical categories while Bridge of Spies is nominated 6 times including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor. Jennifer Lawrence received the only nomination for Joy, as Leading Actress, and Sylvester Stallone received Creed’s only nomination, this one for Supporting Actor. Pixar’s latest film, Inside Out, is nominated for Best Animated Feature but did not received a nomination for Best Picture, which will be a surprise to some.

Check out the rest of the nominees below and then comment with who you think will be taking home the Oscar in each category.

Chris Rock Hosting the Oscars

Original Screen Play

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Inside Out - Oscar Nominated Best Animated Feature

Adapted Screenplay

Brooklyn
Carol
Room
The Big Short
The Martian

Visual Effects

Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant

The Martian

Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant

Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant

Short Film (Live Action)

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
Stutterer

Short Film (Animated)

Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Production Design

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Danish Girl
The Martian
The Revenant

Original Score

Bridge of Spies
Carol

Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hateful Eight

Original Song

“Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray” – Racing Extinction 
“Simple Song #3” – Youth 
“Til It Happens To You” – The Hunting… 
“Writing’s On The Wall” – Spectre

Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Mad: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the…
The Revenant

The Revenant

Foreign Language Film

A War
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb

Film Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Big Short
The Revenant

Documentary Short

A Girl in the Rive: The Price of Forgiveness
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Last Day of Freedom

Documentary Feature Film

Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Directing

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson – Room 
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
Adam McKay – The Big Short
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant

Mad Max Fury Road poster

Costume Design

Carol
Cinderella
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Danish Girl
The Revenant

Cinematography

Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
The Hateful Eight
The Revenant

Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Actress in a Supporting Role

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl 
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight 
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs 
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight 
Rooney Mara – Carol 

Actress in a Leading Role

Brie Larson – Room 
Cate Blanchett – Carol 
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years 
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy 
Saoirse Ranon – Brooklyn

Jennifer Lawrence

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale – The Big Short 
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight 
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone – Creed
Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Creed - Rocky and Creed

Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo 
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl 
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant 
Matt Damon – The Martian
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Best Picture

Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
Spotlight
The Big Short
The Martian
The Revenant

There are the Oscar nominees. Any surprises? Who do you think deserved the Oscar nod and who didn’t? Comment with your thoughts!

2016 Oscar Nominations

Bridge of Spies: Review

In 1957, the Cold War was well under way with both the Soviets and the Americans planting agents of espionage in enemy territory. When one of the Soviet spies, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), is caught by the FBI, insurance lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is recruited to give him a proper defense. However, Donovan goes above and beyond when he manages to keep Abel from getting the electric chair. Instead, he proposes that Abel may prove to be a decent trade should one of the American agents fall into Soviet hands. His prediction ends up being valid when pilot Francis Powers (Austin Stowell) crashes a spy plane in Soviet territory. Now it’s up to Donovan to negotiate a trade of spies between hostile nations.

Francis Powers (Austin Stowell) on trial in the Soviet Union.

Following movies like the largely fictional Warhorse and the “there’s something missing here” Lincoln, Bridge of Spies makes for a fantastic return to the sort of movies that that we love from Stephen Spielberg. This movie proves that Spielberg can still make a good film without all of the awkwardness that his previous two films afforded him. The cinematography is clever with the peculiar artistic angles that we have come to expect from a Spielberg film. The opening of the film shows Abel; however, as the camera pans back, we see that it is actually Abel looking at himself in a mirror. Then we see that it is in fact Abel looking at himself in the mirror as he is painting a self portrait. It’s a clever and inventive way to start the film, and the cinematography continues to gain ground from there.

Although John Williams, who usually composes the music for all Stephen Spielberg films, did not compose this film (he is most likely far too busy with The Force Awakens), Thomas Newman (Skyfall) does a good job making a subtle score with all of the grace that one could be deceived into thinking that he is Williams.

Abel (Mark Rylance, middle) and Donovan (Tom Hanks, right).

Speaking of Rudolf Abel, Mark Rylance portrays the character in a very eccentric and sincere way. From his slight quirks as a character, like when he asks the FBI agents if he can brush his teeth upon arrest, to some of the more intimate character scenes with Donovan, he is fun to watch and a welcome addition to the screen during his scenes. Likewise, Tom Hanks once again proves his acting ability as he plays an insurance lawyer reluctant to defend a Soviet spy, despite his vast experience going all the way back to the Nuremburg Trials.

Truth is often far more interesting than fiction. In this case, sticking to the true story of Donovan delving into the complicated politics of the Cold War was both intriguing and educational. After all, who doesn’t like to see legitimate espionage methods firsthand (like the enigmatic trick coins). Also, one striking scene has Donovan crossing the Berlin Wall via train. He witnesses just how far people will go to get away from East Germany. It’s a powerful scene to say the least.

Although Bridge of Spies does run a bit on the long side, it is well worth the two hours and twenty-one minutes of your time. Watch the true story of Cold War espionage and politics come to life. It’ll be worth it. Trust me.

Have you seen Bridge of Spies yet? Let us know your thoughts on the new Spielberg\Hanks film in the comments!

Bridge of Spies: Review