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While the official world premiere of Steven Spielberg’s latest highly anticipated historical epic Lincoln isn’t until next week, the lucky audience at the New York Film Festival got an early look at the completed film. The screening is already confirming what many analysts had predicted - that it is an Oscar contender this year.
Spielberg was in attendance and told the audience before the film that making Lincoln was “an unlikely journey, and a film unlike any I’ve done before,” reports The New York Daily News.
Actors Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Lincoln, Sally Field and David Strathairn were also at the screening.
The film quickly earned praise from critics, including The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, who noted that Day-Lewis’ performance rivals Henry Fonda’s in 1939’s Young Mr. Lincoln. He also praises the rest of the cast, including Tommy Lee Jones.
Indiewire’s Rodrigo Perez wasn’t as enthusiastic, nothing that the film is heavy on politics and the process of getting the 13th Amendment passed.
The BBC reports that many critics took to Twitter to react to the film. “Spielberg's best movie in years... Should be good for 12 Oscar nominations and four easy wins,” wrote ComingSoon’s Edward Douglas.
Lincoln has its world premiere at the AFI Fest on Nov. 8. It opens wide on Nov. 16.