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Steven Spielberg - 'Lincoln'
Pro: Steven Spielberg is very much in a stride with the Academy as of late and "Lincoln" represents a unique direction for the six-time Best Director nominee. It's a take on the subject we wouldn't have expected from him, restrained, underplayed, and no less powerful. He was probably pretty close for a much lesser film last year so perhaps his peers will be eager to recognize him this time around.
Con: Will the stagey nature of the production leave some of them wanting, though? It's a more authored piece than "War Horse" but it's still a bit claustrophobic and so it seems diminished next to his classic canon.
- Kristopher Tapley