Lincoln Set To Light Up Baftas, But Why Was Spielberg Left Out?

Ever since the coming together of Daniel Day Lewis' acting talents, Steven Spielberg's directing prowess and the emotive story of Lincoln's tenure was announced in the form of Lincoln, everybody knew they'd be reading about it in the same sentence as 'Bafta' and 'Oscars'.

On the eve of the Golden Globes and the Oscar nominations, we can safely predict that Lincoln will not only take home the Bafta for best film, be nominated in the same Oscar category and more, and clean up come February when the Academy ceremony takes place.

It's a linear, predictable path, but one the Lincoln team won't mind treading. An unexpected blip - a divot in the road - though, is Spielberg's omission from the Best Director category, currently occupied by Ben Affleck (for Argo), Quentin Tarantino (for Django Unchained), Kathryn Bigelow (for Zero Dark Thirty), Michael Haneke (for Amour) and Ang Lee (for Life of Pi).

So why's this happened? We've got a theory. Lincoln will win best film because Lincoln is best film (bear with us, we've got more) but Lincoln's story is universal, it's a true story even if the history buffs spot inaccuracies. If Tarantino had directed it, it would still win best film, but if Spielberg had helmed the story of a vengeful slave exacting revenge on the people who 'own' him, well we don't think it would be Django Unchained.

Spielberg's ability to let a brilliant story tell itself, while he perfectly administers the simple touches needed will lead to best film. Tarantino's personality, guts and originality in Django Unchained will rightly see him recognized for an individual effort.

Take a look at trailers for both Lincoln and Django Unchained!


Contactmusic

Tags: Steven Spielberg - Quentin Tarantino - Ben Affleck


Editors Recommendations

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

The Cannes Film festival is sneaking up fast. The Oscars felt like they were 8 minutes ago...

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring...

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Superhero movies have been striving towards the almost unobtainable goal set...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled...

Ricky Gervais is

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing "Made In America" To Downtown Los Angeles

Jay Z and the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti have announced that the rapper’s...

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing

Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

The editor-in-chief of US VOGUE magazine is reportedly determined for the annual...

Anna Wintour - Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen...

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Of Mice And Men premiered on Broadway last night, giving critics a chance to cast...

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'


More recommendations

Comments

Steven Spielberg Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Steven Spielberg

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All