‘Lincoln’ became the sixth Best Picture nominee for the upcoming Academy Awards later this month that I have now seen in theaters, joining fellow nominees ‘Argo’, ‘Django Unchained’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.
Set primarily during the month of January, 1865, ‘Lincoln’ showcases the personal and political sacrifices that many made to make sure that the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed before the end of the American Civil War.
Daniel Day-Lewis turns in another wonderfully powerful performance as Abraham Lincoln and is quite deserving of his Academy Award Best Actor nomination, and, to be quite honest, should be a runaway winner of the award this coming weekend. Other award nominations went to Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as Congressman Thaddeus Stevens for their powerful roles.
Despite the powerful story and the wonderful acting involved throughout the film, I found that the pacing was at times a little off. Understandably a historical film such as this will have some quiet, slower moments, but when a film relies to much on them, it does drag the the overall film down and this is what happened on a couple of occasions during ‘Lincoln’.
As a significant look into one of the most important moments in American history, ‘Lincoln’ is well worth taking a shot on and watching, and I definitely applaud the move that the studio is doing in providing free DVD’s of ‘Lincoln’ to classrooms throughout the United States.
That being said, I do not feel that ‘Lincoln’ is the best film of 2012, but I completely see why it will win Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards, along with Best Actor for Day-Lewis and quite possibly Best Director for Steven Spielberg.
In my own personal list of the six Best Picture nominees, I still list ‘Argo’ as my first choice, followed by ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘Django Unchained’ and then ‘Lincoln’. Once again, all personal preferences.
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