WAR HORSE, the acclaimed play based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, won big at the Tony Awards in New York City last night (12th June 2011). War Horse scooped 'Best Play' for its tale of a young English farmhand and his beloved horse, but there could be bigger success to come.

Morpurgo's best-seller is being adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg, with Victor Chandler's bookmakers installing the WW2 movie as odds-on favourite to land 'Best Picture' at next year's Oscars. Hollywood newcomer JEREMY IRVINE plays the young-boy, with Emily Watson and PETER MULLANS playing his parents. SHERLOCK HOLMES star Benedict Cumberbatch is set to feature as an army officer. The movie is the clear favourite for success at the Academy Awards, however, 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' starring Tom Hanks is also thought to be in with a chance. David Fincher's remake of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' is likely to feature in the list of nominees, as is Clint Eastwood's 'J Edgar'. Spielberg's movie is intended for release on 28th December 2011.

WAR HORSE rose to fame in 2007 after British playwright NICK STAFFORD adapted the children's book for stage. Despite Morpungo's early reservations about a theatre adaptation, Stafford's production was immediately heralded as an instant classic.