Elba received the nod for his role as the Commandant in Netflix war drama Beasts Of No Nation, while Rylance was honoured for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel
in Bridge Of Spies.
BRIdGE OF sPIEs (12a) RudOlF ABel
(Mark Rylance) is arrested in 1957 new york and labelled a Soviet spy.
Rating BRIDGE OF SPIES (12A) RUDOLF Abel
(Mark Rylance) is arrested in 1957 New York and labelled a Soviet spy.
In the first half, he's hired to defend Soviet spy Rudolf Abel
(Mark Rylance, getting to keep his British accent) -- and insists on giving him a proper defence, a "fair shake" as per the Constitution, even as the justice system wants no more than a sham trial.
(Rylance) is arrested in 1957 New York and labelled a Soviet spy.
(Rylance) is R arrested in 1957 New York and labelled a Soviet spy.
He had represented the Soviet spy Rudolf Abel
(a fine performance by Rylance) after his arrest in 1957, which is why he's chosen to facilitate the transfer.
The negotiations were finally successful because the Americans had a prisoner they could offer to release in exchange: The senior Russian spy Rudolf Abel
In 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolf Abel
, a Soviet spy held by the United States.
1962: In Berlin, US U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers, shot down by the Russians, was exchanged for KGB agent Rudolf Abel
, captured in New York five years earlier.
Gary Powers was swapped for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel
Tom Hanks as James Donovan, right, and Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel