• Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

There are still quite a few Oscar-bait movies due out this year: Django Unchained, the latest pop-culture mindfuck from Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds); The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, directed by Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge!); Hyde Park on Hudson, with Bill Murray as FDR; Killing Them Softly, the latest collaboration from Brad Pitt and director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford); Les Miserables, the long-awaited screen version of the Broadway musical, directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech); Not Fade Away, the big-screen debut of Sopranos creator David Chase; and Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter). But the big bus blocking the lane at this point is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, sure to grab nominations for best picture, director, actor (Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role), actress or supporting actress (Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln), supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones and possibly David Strathairn), and adapted screenplay (Tony Kushner), as well as the usual period-piece nominations (makeup, costume design, production design). If there’s a special Oscar for best facial hair, that race is over. My long review is here.