Mark Rylance gave a superb performance as he always does in different roles. This shows his ability to portray different characters which is what actors should be able to do especially to get any award. Mark Ruffalo was also good as well as Tom Hardy. To act in the role/character over and over as Stallone has done for years is not a stretch for an actor. Rocky was a great character, but he just portrayed the same role just as an older Rocky which in my opinion is not good enough by far to win an award. For sentimental reasons, does not warrant an award! Mark Rylance has been an exceptional actor for years. I hope he wins....he deserves it. I won't be disappointed if Mark Ruffalo wins either.
The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2015 and took place on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, having begun at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by David Hill and Reginald Hudlin and directed by Glenn Weiss. Actor Chris Rock hosted the show for the second time, having previously hosted the 77th ceremony held in 2005. More: en.wikipedia.org.