War Horse gains Oscar nomination for ‘Best Picture’

  • Steven Spielberg’s War Horse has been nominated for Best Picture for this year’s Oscars.

    War Horse goes up against eight other films including The Artist, Moneyball, The Help and Hugo.

    The film is also nominated in the cinematography, original score, sound editing, sound mixing and art direction categories.

    The tear-jerker follows the journey of a young man Albert and his horse Joey in World War One. It is the Hollywood adaption of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 book War Horse, which has also been transformed into a hit West End production.

    The film was released on Friday 13 January and went straight to the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart in its opening weekend. It took £3.94m – more than double of its closest rival The Iron Lady.

    As well as being directed by Spielberg, the film has a host of top names involved. The screenplay has been written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) and it stars British actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irvine and Tom Hiddleston.

    The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday 26 February.

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