- Original title
- Running time
- 149 min.
- United States
Tony Kushner (Book: Doris Kearns Goodwin)
Tommy Lee Jones,
Jackie Earle Haley,
Tim Blake Nelson,
20th Century Fox / DreamWorks SKG / Amblin Entertainment / The Kennedy/Marshall Company / Participant Media / Reliance Entertainment / Dune Entertainment
Drama | Historical. Slavery. Politics. 19th Century. American Civil War. Biography
- Movie Groups
U.S. Presidents (Biopics)
- Synopsis / Plot
- In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience -- end slavery or end the war.
: 2 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Day-Lewis) and Art Direction. 12 Nominations
: Golden Globes: Best Actor - Drama (Daniel Day Lewis). 7 Nominations
: Critics Choice Awards: Best Actor (Lewis), adapted screenplay & OST. 13 nomin.
: BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis). 10 Nominations
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Day-Lewis), Supp. Actress (Field), Screenplay
: Satellite Awards: Best Art Direction. 8 nominations, including Best Film
: NBR (National Board of Review): Top Ten Films of the Year
: American Film Institute: Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2012: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Actor and Adapted Screenplay. 8 Nominations
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actor (Day-Lewis) & Supp. Actor (Jones). 4 Nom
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