Lincoln: The Man, the Legend

The historical drama Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, is based in part on the book Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Lincoln was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, who immediately wanted rights to the film once he heard that Goodwin was planning to write the book.

The film focuses on Lincoln's last months of office in 1865, during a time of war and change, and his efforts to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would abolish slavery. The film depicts the tension and conflict in the United States, while painting a revealing portrait of Abraham Lincoln during a momentous time in American history.

With an all-star cast that also includes Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the critically-acclaimed film was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and twelve Academy Awards. Daniel Day Lewis won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actor for his phenomenal performance as the President. There are still grumbles that Lincoln should have won the Academy Award for Best Picture, but that honor went to another recommended historical drama, Argo.

Comments

I really enjoyed Lincoln and thought Daniel Day Lewis did an amazing job of portraying him. Sally Fields also did an excellent job as the unstable Mary Todd Lincoln.


I found "Lincoln" very fascinating and inspirational, even though everyone in the audience knows how it ends. The film focuses on Lincoln's efforts to convince Congress to pass the 13th amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery. There are parts of the movie that are bloody, including the opening scene of a Civil War battle.


This looks interesting!!!!


I plan on taking a long evening and watching this in segments. I've heard amazing things about the film, but it's so long, haha.