Horse on Film

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is released in cinemas today. The buzz around Uggy from The Artist and his award chances has got me thinking about the horse from Spielberg’s film. Joey is undoubtedly the lead character in War Horse, and the performance depicts an array of emotions. What will dent the character’s chance of critical acclaim is the fact that Joey is played by multiple horses. This is quite understandable, as War Horse depicts Joey’s journey from infancy to adulthood. Nevertheless, the adult Joey is also played by more than one horse. Perhaps War Horse is more likely to succeed in a Group Performance type of award? I cannot imagine the Academy going for this, but MTV Movie Awards get on to it!