If you think of the ultimate combination assembled for the sole purpose of dominating the Academy Awards, how does this sound? A biopic, directed by Steven Spielberg, about Abraham Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis as the man himself. You don't come much closer than that. Lincoln is filming in Richmond, Virginia right now, and a student snapped the picture below of Daniel Day Lewis sporting his Lincoln beard while grabbing a bite to eat in a local restaurant. I don't know if he knew, but this is the first look at Day Lewis in character, and it is pretty impressive if you ask me. It looks like method acting at its best: Abe Lincoln travelled to the future and is feeling particularly contemplative of this modern delicacy he is savouring.
You could call this rife speculation, and normally you would have a point, but with Daniel Day Lewis things are different: he must surely be a favourite for Best Actor come Oscars 2013 now already!
Oh, and the rest of the cast is almost as impressive as Day Lewis himself. It includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Lee Pace, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris and David Oyelowo.