Friday, April 19, 2024

Oscars: Mark Rylance Only Second Steven Spielberg Actor to Win a Gold Statue


British theater actor Mark Rylance surprised everyone including himself on Sunday night when he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Bridge of Spies.”

Steven Spielberg literally jumped out of his chair when Rylance’s name was called. Spielberg directed “Bridge of Spies,” an extraordinarily good film and the latest on Spielberg’s long list of accomplishments. He’s the most successful director of our time, hands down.

But here’s a little trivia. Despite having three Oscars of his own, Spielberg has only directed one other actor to a winning Oscar. That was Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln,” three years ago. Until DDL, Spielberg cast members had only been nominated- like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes in “Schindler’s List,” and Tom Hanks in “Saving Private Ryan.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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