Best Line: “Would it Help?”
Can you win an Oscar for a role with perhaps 30 lines of dialogue? (most memorable — and thrice repeated: “would it help?”).
If so, Mark Rylance is a lock for his stunning portrayal of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg’s superb “Bridge of Spies” (at least for me, Rylance also conjures another famous Rudolf: Nazi Rudolf Hess).
Rylance’s (very) laconic Abel is easily the most indelible supporting character since the SS officer played by Christopher Walz in 2009’s “Inglourious Basterds,” which won the same award for Walz.
Tom Hanks anchors the movie as 1950’s insurance attorney James Donovan; the Coen brothers wrote the screenplay.
P.S.: Rylance’s chief competition is supposed to be Michael Keaton, for his role as an investigative reporter in “Spotlight” (due to be released November 6).