The performance that nailed it in the Supporting Actor category for the Academy, was given by Mark Rylance. Mark Rylance's portrayal of Soviet spy in Bridge of Spies trumped the performance of Sylvester Stallone, Christian Bale, Mark Ruffalo, and Tom Hardy.
Many publications placed their bets on Sylvester Stallone's reprisal of Rocky Balboa in Creed, with Tom Hardy's portrayal of John Fitzgerald in The Revenant giving him stiff competition. Stallone picked up the award for Best Supporting Actor at this year's Golden Globes, but Mark Rylance emerged as the underdog as he picked up the trophy in the same category at this year's BAFTAs. Interestingly enough, Stallone was not nominated in the category at the 22nd Screen Actor's Guild awards. Idris Elba beat out Bale and Rylance - the two Oscar nominees - for his portrayal of The Commandment in The Beasts of No Nation.
"If you've ever wondered about acting with Tom Hanks. If it would ever help, the answer is clearly yes." said Rylance while accepting the Oscar.
This is the first Academy Award nomination and win for Rylance.
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