The end of the year is approaching and that means award season. Every year it starts with regional critic groups and then slowly gets to the bigger, more influential groups leading up through the Academy Awards. If a film hopes to gain an Academy Award nomination, its first major hurdle is the Screen Actors Guild. Actors make up the majority of Academy voters so it’s an important group of champions to win over heading towards the Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater).

This year, the Screen Actors Guild has nominated actors from Argo, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Misérables, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook for its top award, Best Ensemble, with those last two leading all other films with four nominations each. Noticeably absent? Zero Dark Thirty, the current Oscar front-runner. Does this hurt its chances? See how the film did in all the other categories below. Read More »

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There’s a lot to be said for timing when it comes to film awards, and in that respect things couldn’t have worked out better for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty. While most audiences won’t even have a chance to see the film until early next year, the first screenings of the movie have drawn rave reviews. And now it has picked up what will likely be the first of many awards.

Today the New York Film Critics Circle voted on awards for 2012, and Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln were the big winners, with nothing scored by The Master, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, or other potential awards faves. Kathryn Bigelow took Best Director and her movie won Best Film, which is the same dual wins the filmmaker enjoyed in 2009 before The Hurt Locker went on to Oscar success. Get the full list of recipients below. Read More »

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When Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln was first announced, we all had a very rigid idea of what it would be: a beautiful, well-acted, historically accurate tale of our landmark 16th President. We then found out it would focus primarily on the last few months of his life and, most recently, we’ve been told the movie is surprisingly funny and expansive beyond just the title character, played by Daniel Day Lewis.

The international trailer for the film has just been released and it sells a slightly different feel than the original domestic trailers did. It’s similar, of course, but people who’ve seen the movie say this is a much more accurate portrayal of what you can expect when Lincoln hits theaters November 9 (or 16, depending on where you live). Check it out below. Read More »

Comedian Louis C.K. hosted SNL for the first time in his career over the weekend — as anyone who’s on the comic’s mailing list knows — and one of the sketches saw Louis taking on Lincoln in the style of the show Louie. It’s not Spielberg’s Lincoln, exactly, but it is definitely Louis C.K.’s vision. The sixteenth President makes a pretty good stand-in for Louie, and this short video is also a great companion to the brooding but driven Lincoln of Spielberg’s film.  Read More »

Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, Lincoln, opens on November 9 and expands November 16. It tells the dramatic story of the final three months in Abraham Lincoln’s life, where he abolished slavery and united a nation in turmoil. Though Spielberg became famous with films featuring fantasy and adventure, for the past twenty years, he’s been much more interested in history: Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich and War Horse are just a handful of examples. Lincoln continues that trend, and in an interview the director did with 60 Minutes, he revealed action doesn’t excite him anymore.

During the interview, Spielberg also talked in-depth about his childhood, his relationship with his parents and much more. It’s an enlightening piece of journalism. Check it out below. Read More »

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You’ve seen the trailer and the debate TV spot, and you’ve had a chance to read early reviews based on the “work in progress” print shown at the New York Film Festival. (Which, in all likelihood was very close to a final cut, save for a few nips and tucks.) Now you can watch director Steven Spielberg and star Daniel Day Lewis field questions about the film, thanks to the miracle of technology.

Lincoln looks at the last few months 16th President’s life, and as Angie described, follows “Lincoln’s attempt to push the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolishes slavery, through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, at home, Lincoln’s marriage to Mary Todd (Sally Field) is strained by the death of their son Willie three years prior, and their eldest son Robert Todd (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is furious at his parents’ refusal to let him go to war.”

The Q&A touches on the reasons for focusing on some of those elements, and on the process employed to bring this version of Abraham Lincoln to the screen. Read More »

Continuing a tradition that started with last year’s surprise unveiling of the then-unfinished Hugo, the New York Film Festival this week revealed a first look at a work-in-progress cut of Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln.

Though we’ve seen little of the film so far, aside from a couple of trailers, the subject matter and the talent involved have marked it from early on as a potential Oscar contender. Based on the version I saw Monday night, that buzz is well-earned — it’s tough to imagine this film coming out the other end of awards season without at least a couple of little gold men. On the other hand, Spielberg falters by letting the Sixteenth President remain more myth than man, and the resulting film is a polished period piece that only occasionally feels truly vital.

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These days, Abraham Lincoln is regarded almost unanimously as U.S. as one of the greatest American presidents in history. But in his time, the sixteenth president wasn’t so universally beloved. While modern-day politicians and pundits like to toss around the word “war” to describe pretty much any government policy or cultural trend they don’t care for, Lincoln served during the actual Civil War. Which was sparked, in part, by his election. Suddenly, all that “2012 is the most important election ever” rhetoric seems rather overblown.

All of which makes it a pretty brilliant move on Disney’s part to unveil a fiery new TV spot for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln during Wednesday night’s first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. As the two candidates duked it out in Colorado, the energetic Lincoln trailer reminded us that for all the hand-wringing about partisanship, we’ve seen much worse before — and emerged stronger as a unified nation. And oh yeah, there’s plenty of new footage. Watch it after the jump.

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