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If it weren't for the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven Spielberg might not have made The Fabelmans.
"When the pandemic first hit, some of my kids flew in from the East Coast, and they all took up residence in their old bedrooms and Kate [Capshaw, his wife] and I got a lot of our family back," he shared. "It was very disconcerting not to go into work. Directing is a social occupation, and I’m very used to interacting with people every single day. I was not really acclimating to the Zoom world very well. I had a lot of time on my hands. I used to get in my car and drive for hours—all around Los Angeles, up Pacific Coast Highway, over to Calabasas, over near Twentynine Palms. And that gave me more time to think about what was happening in the world."
So, Spielberg continued, "I started thinking, what’s the one story I haven’t told that I’d be really mad at myself if I don’t? It was always the same answer every time: the story of my formative years growing up between 7 and 18."
What resulted is the semi-autobiographical drama The Fabelmans, which stars Gabriel LaBelle as young Sammy Fabelman and Michelle Williams and Paul Dano as his parents, Mitzi and Burt Fabelman. Spielberg dedicated the movie to his parents parents Leah Adler and Arnold Spielberg.
At the 2023 Golden Globe Awards, the film was up for five nominations, and earned wins for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Spielberg. At the 2023 Oscars, The Fabelmans scored seven nominations, and Spielberg earned back-to-back directing nominations (last year, he was up for West Side Story). Here's how you can watch the film:
Where to watch The Fabelmans at home:
The Fabelmans is currently in theaters (find showtimes here), but you can also watch it from the comfort of your own home. Spielberg's film is not currently available on any streaming platform like Netflix, but you can rent or buy the film on most platforms, like Amazon Prime or Apple TV:
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