2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – Best Picture



FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1957, in the midst of the Cold War, New York insurance lawyer James Donovan is enlisted to provide a pro-bono defense for Rudolf Abel, who is accused of spying for the Russians. The CIA then sends Donovan to East Berlin to conduct precarious negotiations with the Soviets to exchange Abel for a recently captured U.S. Air Force pilot, Francis Gary Powers.


Steven Spielberg’s last three films have all been historical period pieces which all ended up being nominated for Best Picture Academy Awards (“War Horse” & “Lincoln”). Spielberg is such a talented and respected director that no matter what he creates, it’s bound to be noticed by the Academy. “Bridge Of Spies” also re-teams the director with Tom Hanks (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Terminal,” & “Catch Me If You Can”). There’s magic made when these two men are placed together. But just like “War Horse,” Spielberg’s latest, “Bridge Of Spies” feels tailor made for the Oscars.

That being said, the Best Picture nomination comes as no surprise. Spielberg misses out on the Best Directing category this year, but Best Original Screenplay gives the film the push it needs to even be a concerned a contender, even though that Screenplay is the last to be considered a winner. However, unless supporting star Mark Rylance can pull off a small upset against Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”), “Bridge Of Spies” will likely not be seeing any gold this year. Best Production Design is a slight possibility, but with Adam Stockhausen winning last year for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” don’t expect anyone itching to immediately give him another Oscar. Best Sound Mixing comes up because of the U2 bombers sequence, but with many other more high profile films touting better mixes, don’t count on a win there either. Lastly, Original Score is piled with better prospects so for that, the film will likely miss out this year.

Previous nominations? These are the first Academy Award nominations for Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger. This is the sixteenth Academy Award nomination for Steven Spielberg. He  received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1986 and was previously nominated for:

  • LINCOLN (2012)
    Nominee, Directing
  • LINCOLN (2012)
    Nominee, Best Picture
  • WAR HORSE (2011)
    Nominee, Best Picture
  • LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (2006)
    Nominee, Best Picture
  • MUNICH (2005)
    Nominee, Directing
  • MUNICH (2005)
    Nominee, Best Picture
  • SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
    Winner, Directing
  • SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
    Nominee, Best Picture
  • SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
    Winner, Directing
  • SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)
    Winner, Best Picture
  • THE COLOR PURPLE (1985)
    Nominee, Best Picture
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
    Nominee, Directing
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
    Nominee, Best Picture
  • RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
    Nominee, Directing
  • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
    Nominee, Directing

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// Produced by Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger // Directed by Steven Spielberg //
// Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 14th, 2016 // DVD //  11 films – 15 days //

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