Spielberg tipped for Oscar for War Horse adaptation

Epic trailer for Christmas movie stirs up premature awards chatter (with video)

BY Sophie Taylor LAST UPDATED AT 16:13 ON Thu 30 Jun 2011

The awards season is barely over but already the chatter over next year's frontrunners has begun, and leading the field is Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of the hit play, War Horse.

The trailer was released online yesterday, and it appears to promise another epic war movie from the director of E.T. and Jurassic Park. Spielberg's three Academy Awards have all been won for war movies (Schindler's List won two and Saving Private Ryan the other), so there's a fair chance that his take on World War One will nab him a fourth.

Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis and Emily Watson, the film follows a young Devonshire boy (Jeremy Irvine) as he journeys to the French trenches to rescue his beloved horse from dying on the front line.

Based on the children's book by Michael Morpurgo, the play is now a multi-award winning show in production in London's West End and on Broadway in New York.

With stunning cinematography and a moving score from John Williams, who composed the music for most of Spielberg's biggest hits including Jaws and Indiana Jones, the film has already elicited delighted responses on the internet. "Phwoooooaaaaaaarrrrrr horse," tweeted one user.

And as for its chances of winning any statuettes? The Guardian film blog noted that the film looked "like classic Oscar bait", while Twitter user JackGi mused: "I wonder if Spielberg is out there right now thinking, 'Just give me all the nominations and wins now. Lets just get it over with.'"

Conveniently for Spielberg, the film is scheduled for a release around Christmas, just as Oscar season begins again. · 

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