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.