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149 min.
United States United States
Tony Kushner. Book: Doris Kearns Goodwin
John Williams
Janusz Kaminski
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
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U.S. Presidents (Biopics)
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.
2012: 2 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Day-Lewis) and Art Direction. 12 Nominations
2012: Golden Globes: Best Actor - Drama (Daniel Day Lewis). 7 Nominations
2012: Critics Choice Awards: Best Actor (Lewis), adapted screenplay & OST. 13 nomin.
2012: BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis). 10 Nominations
2012: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Awards, incl. Best Actor (Day-Lewis). 4 Nom.
2012: Satellite Awards: Best Art Direction. 8 nominations, including Best Film
2012: NBR (National Board of Review): Top Ten Films of the Year
2012: American Film Institute: Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2012: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Actor and Adapted Screenplay. 8 Nominations
2012: 3 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, including Best Actor (Day-Lewis)
2012: San Francisco Film Critics Circle: Best Supp. Actor (Jones) & Adapt. Screenplay
2012: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2012: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2012: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2012: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actor (Day-Lewis) & Supp. Actor (Jones). 4 Nom
2012: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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