By Patrick Shanley
Director Steven Spielberg has been one of the most successful directors in Hollywood for four decades, with major commercial hits that have broken records at the box office. His latest film, Bridge of Spies, premiered Sunday night at the New York Film Festival and centers on an American lawyer (Tom Hanks) who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a detained pilot from Soviet Russia.
Spielberg’s last collaboration to star Hanks, 2004’s dramedy The Terminal, failed to earn any nominations from the Academy, whilst their previous collaboration, 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, earned just two Oscar nominations (best supporting actor for Christopher Walken, best original score for John Williams) but was unable to take home either, despite positive reviews and large box office numbers.
Despite having won three Oscars in his career, and the multitude of iconic films that he has helmed, Spielberg’s relationship with the Academy has been a bit tumultuous. Since his beginning as a young upstart to his mega-star status and boffo box office numbers, it seems that Spielberg’s films are either feast or famine when it comes awards season.