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Trailer Watch: Steven Spielberg's War Horse Looks Like Oscar Bait

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 29, 2011 at 8:29AM

It's going to be Spielberg vs. Spielberg at the Oscars this year. That is, assuming that both his December openers, wide-release The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and platformed drama War Horse, wind up inside the Oscar wheelhouse. The most popular filmmaker of our time, Spielberg has won some and lost some where the Oscars are concerned--best picture winner Schindler's List is the exception that proves the rule.
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Thompson on Hollywood

It's going to be Spielberg vs. Spielberg at the Oscars this year. That is, assuming that both his December openers, wide-release The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and platformed drama War Horse, wind up inside the Oscar wheelhouse. The most popular filmmaker of our time, Spielberg has won some and lost some where the Oscars are concerned--best picture winner Schindler's List is the exception that proves the rule.

While Tintin could wind up playing young and earning kudos for its eye-popping visuals and tech accomplishments, Spielberg's PG-13 film version of the heart-tugging Word War I drama War Horse, adapted by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis from Michael Morpurgo’s novel and subsequent West End stage play (now wowing theatergoers on Broadway), looks like an Academy-friendly no-brainer. Why? It's got epic scope but plays out on a human scale; judging from the way I teared up, it's a four-hankie.

See the trailer below. The love story between a boy and his horse opens December 28 and widens in January.

[via HitFix]

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Directors, Genres, Video, Media, Oscars, Steven Spielberg, Drama, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.