Steven Spielberg is one of the few makers of historical biography in film who is careful about historical detail. Many young people receive their history lessons from the movies and Spielberg seems aware of that and acts responsibly.
Oscar predictions: Lincoln will be nominated for best picture and Spieberg for best director. Daniel Day-Lewis will be nominated for best actor. His portrayal of Lincoln was superb - down to this voice, his walk and his mannerisms. Sally Field will be nominated for best actress for her excellent portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Thaddeus Stevens. Bruce McGill also deserves recognition for his excellent protrayal of Secretary of War Stanton. There will also be nominations for art direction, cinematography and so forth. The 19th Century came alive and the complicated issues of the day were deftly illuminated through the drama of the passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery at the end of the war. There were many interesting choices made in what was shown and what was not. The Gettysburg Address and the second inaugural (two of the greatest speeches in American history) were beautifully and surprisingly portrayed.
Lincoln is rare thing these days - a truly inspiring movie.
The Smithsonian, smithsonian.com, Nov 2012 edition, has a long review and discussion of the interaction of the key players, the maneuvering, Lincoln's principles and choices, movie's source materials tapped.
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