"Bridge of Spies" arrived in theaters on October 16 with lots of critical support (81 on MetaCritic, 92% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes) and has performed solidly at the box office since. Those are two big hurdles during award season and, having cleared them both, is it smooth sailing straight through to Oscar night? From its story to its production team, it ticks almost every box on the academy's typical wish list.
We were told by a seasoned Oscar spy, an older academy member who saw the film, "Expect ’Bridge of Spies’ to score well across all Oscar categories except the actress slots. It’s a powerful, real-life story told superbly by a slew of academy darlings. Look at how meticulously they recreated snow-swept Berlin in the 1960s. It’s a work of art!"
Indeed, it tells a heroic true story set during an important historical period (a tense prisoner exchange in Germany during the Cold War). It stars Tom Hanks, who has two Oscars out of five nominations and is due an Oscar comeback after 15 years out in the cold – his last nom was in 2000 for "Cast Away." It's directed by Steven Spielberg, who has three Oscars out of 15 nominations. It's co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen, who have four Oscars out of 13 nominations.
Its credits are similarly impressive below the line. Composer Thomas Newman is a 12-time Oscar contender, though he's still looking for his first win. Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski has two Oscar victories out of six nominations (both wins were for Spielberg productions, "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan"). Film editor Michael Kahn has three Oscars from eight bids (all wins and almost all nominations were also for Spielberg films). Production designer Adam Stockhausen is a two-time nominee and he just won last year for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." There is almost no one associated with the production whom the academy isn't already inclined to love.
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