2012: #4 Lincoln

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Tony Kushner
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, David Strathairn, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace, Tim Blake Nelson, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, Walton Goggins, Stephen Henderson, Jackie Earle Haley, Gloria Reuben, Jared Harris, and S. Epatha Merkerson
Distributer: Touchstone Pictures
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 150 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 11/9/2012
Date seen: 11/17/2012
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $235,872,490
# of Oscar nominations: 12 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Editing)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 7 (Best Makeup, Best Art Direction, Supporting Actor, Actor, Ensemble, Line, and Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Supporting Actor and Ensemble)

As a consummate follower of Oscar races, I know a thing or two about just how boring biopics can be. That’s why I was so relieved to see that Steven Spielberg did almost everything right when he set out to make a film about Abraham Lincoln. He smartly focused in on a single aspect of the president’s life, he commissioned Tony Kushner to make an energetic script, he filled the cast with all sorts of great actors. That Daneil Day-Lewis is amazing goes without saying, but there’s so much more to like about the film than that. In many ways the film has come to us at the perfect time in history. Politics is so crazy and polarized right now that this is the right time to look back at a time when a strong president could cut through the extreme polarization in order to get something incredibly important done. As an American history buff and as a political junkie this was the perfect film for me and I’m glad to see the sheer number of other people that it was perfect for as well.
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