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Watch 'War Horse' trot into the Oscar derby

June 29, 2011 |  7:46 am

Just two weeks after "War Horse" swept the Tony Awards, we get the first view of the movie adaptation as it trots into the Oscar derby.

The trailer reveals scenes of heightened visual drama not possible on the Broadway stage as a farm boy pursues his beloved horse through fiery battles in World War I. On stage, the conflict is represented merely by flashing stage lights and audio of combat sounds, but on screen, director Steven Spielberg adds the same military spectacle he used in "Saving Private Ryan," which earned him an Oscar as best director of 1998.

Spielberg also won an Oscar for directing "Schindler's List," which won best picture of 1993. He last helmed a "serious" film with "Munich" (2005), which earned him an Oscar nomination. The last time he competed as a producer of a best picture contender was 2006 ("Letters from Iwo Jima"). This year Spielberg could nab two nominations for best picture if his "Adventures of Tintin" also makes the cut. Next year, he'll compete with "Lincoln."


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