‘Lincoln’ screens in US Congress


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Lawmakers got up close and personal with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis

BELOVED HONEST ABE. Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln on the cover of a TIME Magazine issue that was released before the US Presidential Elections in 2012. Photo from the official 'Lincoln' Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – The Abraham Lincoln historical drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis and directed and produced by Steven Spielberg was screened at the US Capitol to lawmakers on December 19 (December 20 Manila time), according to the Huffington Post.

The film Lincoln is partly based on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln written by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It covers the final 4 months of Lincoln’s life, wherein the re-elected US President pushed to have the 13th Amendment to the United States Constituion passed in Congress.

This amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

According to Huffington Post, Day-Lewis and Spielberg also “met privately with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.”

Watch the trailer of ‘Lincoln’ here:

Lincoln has been nominated in numerous categories in 3 award-giving bodies so far:

  • 7 nominations at the Golden Globes including Best Picture
  • 4 nominations at the Screen Actors Guild including Best Ensemble
  • 13 nominations at the Critics’ Choice including Best Picture

The film is also rumored to be a top contender at the Oscars, including Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor. The official list of Oscar nominees will be announced live on January 10, 2013 (January 11 Manila time).

In July this year, the legendary American President was portrayed as a vampire slayer in director Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer starring Benjamin Walker as an axe-wielding President.

Spielberg’s Lincoln will be screened in the Philippines on February 20, 2013. – Rappler.com

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