By The Collectress

I just returned home from seeing The Post, and it is perhaps the most highly anticipated Best Picture nominee for me this year. Not only does it have apt timing for the current political climate, but it also stars two of my favorite Hollywood actors: America’s Dad Tom Hanks and Hollywood’s Queen Meryl Streep. Star power aside, the film resonates with anyone who has been paying attention to journalism for the past year and a half.

The Collective’s foray into the 2016 Oscars continues with Bridge of Spies, nominated for six Academy Awards. Based on the true events surrounding the U-2 Incident in 1960, the film stars Tom Hanks as American lawyer James Donovan and Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy.

When Abel is captured due to espionage-linked evidence, Donovan is asked by his firm to represent him. While the case against Abel is substantial, it is important that the American justice system be seen as fair by the rest of the world; though he knows that he will lose the case and likely be reviled by many for representing a communist, Donovan takes the job as part of his patriotic duty. He tells his wife that the bar chose him because “they want to show that even a spy gets a capable advocate.”

Before the film has even truly began, we are already wondering what it means to represent one’s country, and the implications of being a betrayer.

“You can’t accuse Abel of being a traitor; he’s not an American.”