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Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Official Trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Fulfills All Oscar Bait Requirements

The eagle trailer for Steven Spielberg's star-filled historical drama Lincoln has finally landed! 

And it's just what you'd expect it to look like--Oscar bait. It's no secret that Oscar loves to embrace stories of yesteryear, so this movie, which follows president Abraham Lincoln's attempt to abolish slavery at the tail end of the Civil War, should fall right in line with that. It's also got the following award requirements:

1) A big name name director and writer (none only than Pulitzer-Prize winner Tony Kushner)
2) About 9,000 stars (including Daniel Day Lewis in the title role, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Earle Haley, James Spader, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook and John Hawkes)
3) Did I mention it was a period piece? 

Here's the full scope of the film:

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, releases in U.S. theaters exclusive on November 9, 2012, with expansion on November 16, 2012.

Well, this looks and sounds a whole lot better than Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, with a very similar feel as Glory. Is it safe to call this the Glory of the new millennium? 

At any rate, the above mentioned aren't the only stars in the film. David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help), Gloria Reuben (TV's ER) and S. Epatha Merkerson (TV's Law & Order and Lackawanna Blues) are also squeezed into this gigantic film. But it's Lewis who will simply take your breath away in the clip. You almost forget that it's not Lincoln here. 

Check it out for yourself. It looks like they left out the part in Lincoln's history where he chased down vampires....(I guess we're pretending that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter didn't just happen? Okay, that's cool with me). 

Lincoln hits theaters November 16th. 


Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Trailer looks intriguing! Some scenes look like a timeless Norman Rockwell painting. And Daniel Day looks like a great Lincoln! And Gordon Levitt is everywhere!!!

Brittani Burnham said...

This is total Oscar bait, and it's working because I can't wait to see it!

Dankwa Brooks said...

Ok finally watched it. Shrug.

Dan O. said...

Looks like it's going to be really giving the Oscars a run for their money. Especially with Daniel Day in the lead.

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