20 September 2012 10:33 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

One of the fall Oscar contenders that is still sight unseen--and not booked into any major film festivals--is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Well, the DreamWorks/Fox/Participant movie starring Daniel Day Lewis as the 16th president has finally landed a festival berth the night before it opens November 9 at the height of awards season fervor in L.A.: The AFI Fest will show the film as its fest gala closer. The movie, adapted by Tony Kushner from Doris Kearns Goodwin's bestseller "Team of Rivals," co-stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris. This is the 26th Spielberg film scored by John Williams. DreamWorks is not taking chances on marketing and promoting this historic drama, which is an old-fashioned Hollywood biopic geared for adults (and Academy voters) that needs all the buzz and push it can get. »

- Anne Thompson

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