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'Lincoln' Daniel Day-Lewis: Best Actor Oscar?

Lincoln Daniel Day-LewisLincoln: Daniel Day-Lewis for Oscar 2013? (Image: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.) Ever since it was announced that Steven Spielberg was going to direct an Abraham Lincoln biopic, film pundits, bloggers, lovers, and gossipers immediately began predicting Oscar nominations – and/or victories – for the film, its director, its crew, and its stars (whoever they might be; later on, specifically for Daniel Day-Lewis once his name became attached to the project).

Abraham Lincoln: Daniel Day-Lewis photo

So, it's no surprise that following the release of the above photo showing two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, entertainment sites became abuzz with hyperbole: Day-Lewis is Lincoln, the actor should start preparing his next Oscar speech; Steven Spielberg has another Schindler's List, the director should start preparing his next Oscar speech.

But wait. That's a photo, people! If there's any Academy Award “indication” in it, it's not for Daniel Day-Lewis or Steven Spielberg, but for the film's make-up artists. I'd have liked to have included their names here, but the IMDb Lincoln page has a long list of make-up artists. It's unclear which one(s) of those was/were responsible for Lincoln's nose.

As for Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as Abraham Lincoln … Well, before preparing any Oscar acceptance speech, Day-Lewis should at least wait before the Lincoln trailer comes out. At the very least. The same goes for Steven Spielberg, whose historical forays have been hit (Munich, Schindler's List) and miss (Empire of the Sun, Amistad). And let's not forget last year's hyperbole before the release of Spielberg's War Horse, which eventually managed to earn six Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture), but no wins.

Lincoln cast, screenwriters

In addition to Daniel Day-Lewis (his Oscars were for My Left Foot, 1989, and There Will Be Blood, 2007), Lincoln cast members include two-time Oscar winner Sally Field (Norma Rae, 1979; Places in the Heart, 1984), The Dark Knight Rises' Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, Jackie Earle Haley as Alexander Stevens, Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant. Also: David Strathairn, Lee Pace, John Hawkes, Bruce McGill, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tim Blake Nelson, Hal Holbrook, David Oyelowo, James Spader, and David Costabile.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln screenplay was written at various stages by John Logan (The Aviator), Tony Kushner (Munich), and playwright-turned-screenwriter Paul Webb (the upcoming Selma).

A DreamWorks / Disney and 20th Century Fox production, Lincoln opens in the United States on Nov. 16.

Lincoln Daniel Day-Lewis photo: David James / DreamWorks / Disney / 20th Century Fox.

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2 Comments to 'Lincoln' Daniel Day-Lewis: Best Actor Oscar?

  1. Ian

    An Oscar is just an award. Acting is an art above any accolade. Please don't cheapen it by using the Oscar as the end-all benchmark.

  2. Proman

    It's not just a photo. It's a portrait and a promise of greatness. Yes, this image is that compelling and strong. Lincoln is more than a promising movie. It's more than interesting. It's intriguing.

    And it's very encouraging that Spielberg waiting as long as was needed to finish the screenplay and tell this story. It's not about Oscars, It's about greatness.