Smell of Popcorn

film reviews & musings by Max Lalanne

Daniel Day-Lewis makes an impressive Lincoln – is he already certain to win the Oscar?

Posted by Max Lalanne on August 7, 2012

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We have yet to see even a first teaser for Lincoln, but the popular opinion hovering around following this morning’s first official image is that if you’re not convinced Daniel Day-Lewis is the favorite to walk away with the Best Actor Oscar come this February, you’re officially crazy. And really, you would be – none other than Abraham Lincoln is portrayed , which is sure to get all those senior Academy members literally drooling at the promise of a two-time Best Actor winner (for My Left Foot in 1990 and There Will Be Blood in 2008) playing one of the most beloved American presidents of all time. I mean, just look at the guy’s photo! It’s Honest Abe come to life, and thank God, he’s not swinging an axe to wield off bloodthirsty vampires. Day Lewis seems to be legitimately portraying Lincoln to the big screen, and there’s really not much else to say except start to reserve an Oscar for him. And no, I don’t think it’s too early to know.

As was somewhat unecessarily emphasized in 2010 with the infamous The King’s Speech-vs.-The Social Network case, everyone knows that the Academy voters are generally suckers for well-educated, fine historical dramas that aren’t upsetting or controversial (Lincoln is based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-sellerTeam of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln). But of course, Lincoln‘s Oscar hopes, and perhaps Day Lewis’ individual chances as well, are all hinging on how director Steven Spielberg will pull it off. Last year’s War Horse debacle disappointment certainly made what could’ve been a sure bet instead a tentatively promising contender, and although Spielberg has tackled historical subjects – the brilliant Munich is a notable example – he hasn’t done anything of this sort yet. Well, except maybe for War Horse, which is the main source of worrying. Until the film actually is released on November 10, this is all blind speculation.

Which leaves us a lot of time to do some more…what do you think?

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