Oscars 2013: Oscar or not for 'Lincoln,' Steven Spielberg has not only shaped our fantasies, he's influenced a generation's perspective on history.
Most filmgoers will see the 'Lincoln' film, nominated for 12 Academy Awards, as biographical. Public opinion is shaped by portrayals like this, so its factual errors can't be discounted. I’ve seen first-hand the problems with a popular historical narrative that doesn’t get the story right.
Donald Trump was asked on Fox News on Monday whether two movies were slighted by the Academy Awards because they're pro-American. Politics is swirling around the film awards season like never before.
Oscar nominations: 'Lincoln' got Oscar nominations for best picture, best director, best actor, and best-supporting actress and actor. Other Oscar nominations for best picture: 'Amour,' 'Argo,' 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Django Unchained,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Life of Pi,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' and 'Zero Dark Thirty.'
As the Spielberg movie 'Lincoln' and many books about Abraham Lincoln reveal, solving difficult standoffs in Washington takes more than savvy politics and horse-trading. Lincoln had to first turn to deeper ideals that then helped him win allies.
'Lincoln' is loosely based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 biography 'Team of Rivals.'