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Mark Rylance wins best supporting actor, snubbing Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Creed’ performance

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LOS ANGELES — Mark Rylance is the winner of the best supporting actor Academy Award for his role as a Russian operative in “Bridge of Spies.”

Rylance was a first time nominee and won Sunday for his portrayal of Russian spy Rudolf Abel, who becomes part of a high-stakes prisoner exchange during the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union.

The actor praised director Steven Spielberg and co-star Tom Hanks in his acceptance speech, which was cut short by the orchestra while Rylance was praising his fellow nominees.

Rylance beat Sylvester Stallone who was thought to win the award for his portrayal of an aging Rocky Balboa in “Creed.”