‘Lincoln’ Leads Oscar Race with 12 Nominations

Todd Leopold, CNN, January 10, 2013

“Lincoln,” director Steven Spielberg’s film about the 16th president and his battle to end slavery, rounded up plenty of votes for the 85th Academy Awards, topping all films with 12 nominations, including best picture.

Spielberg, one of the most successful directors in Hollywood history, doesn’t need the honors—he has six previous directing nominations, including wins for “Saving Private Ryan” and Schindler’s List”—but the showing marks a return to dominance for the filmmaker. In the last decade, his films, including “War Horse” and “Munich,” have received little more than respect at the annual gathering.

Along with the best picture and best director nominations, the film also earned nods for best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), best supporting actress (Sally Field), best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and best adapted screenplay (Tony Kushner).


“Les Miserables” and “Silver Linings Playbook” both received eight nominations, including for best picture. Other best picture nominees are “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Amour,” “Argo,” “Django Unchained” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”


Tarantino remains a critical and popular favorite—“Django” has grossed more than $100 million domestically in three weeks—but he failed to impress the academy with his directing prowess. The movie, however, picked up best picture and best original screenplay nominations. (David O. Russell, who directed “Silver Linings Playbook,” earned the fifth slot in the directing category.)


[Editor’s Note: See here for AR’s review of Lincoln.]

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  • MekongDelta69

    Who stars in this movie. Django Obongo, right?

    Thought so. Another movie I’ll never see.

    No loss…

  • The__Bobster

    Along with the best picture and best director nominations, the film also
    earned nods for best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), best supporting actress
    (Sally Field), best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and best adapted
    screenplay (Tony Kushner).

    Did it earn a nod for the most egregious revision of history?

    • JohnEngelman

      The only revisionism I noticed was that the movie indicated suspense over whether the Thirteenth Amendment would be approved.

      By January 1865 the Confederacy lay prostrate below the conquering United States Army, and strangled by the blockade imposed by the United States Navy. There was no way the rebel states would be allowed to reenter the U.S. with their peculiar institution as though nothing had happened.


    • StillModerated

      While I will never view any Spielberg product, I did read George McCartney’s review in Chronicles magazine which gave the movie excellent marks for honesty. The script was apparently penned by somebody familiar with Thomas Dixon’s writing.

    • MikeofAges

      Best period piece, period.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      I wonder how long Spielberg spent trying to figure out some way of injecting Nazis or the Holocaust into some part of the movie, and what he thought when he finally realized he couldn’t do it.

      • John Galt

        You have that right!

    • huh?

      Sally Field?

  • ArmenianWN

    If a movie called “Davis” about Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president were to be made, it would not only not win any Oscars, it would be declared racist by the SPLC and ACLU and whatever other such organizations you guys in America have….

    • Elmer

      Which is why such organizations should be banned and freedom of speech redefined. In the end, it was our own policies which brought this about. We essentially threw the pieces of the levers of power up in the air and said “let them fall where they may” never thinking that a certain very sly group could collect them all and use them against the majority. That was foolish and stupid. When secession happens, we should write a new – and very thorough – constitution defining what is acceptable and what is not. The majority should have the ability to enforce those fundamental principles upon which our society is built (uniculturalism, one language, limited immigration, selective immigration, no affirmative action, etc.) through the media and major organizations while stamping out and removing cancerous elements that think otherwise. The current system is like a body without an immune system…or like a virus that has highjacked the body’s defenses with the intent of using them as weapons against the whole.

      • Bill

        The body of the newly founded United States of America HAD an immune system. We were founded as a Republic. A Republic has boundaries on the federal government which CANNOT be crossed even if you could get a majority of dumb citizens to agree to it. Which is why, since at least FDR, the socialists have been ingraining in us we are a “democracy”. The very thing Franklin warned against us becoming.

        • IstvanIN

          Considering all the executive orders coming out of the White House over the last 20 years, not too mention all the court rulings, we are not even a democracy.

          • StillModerated

            As Fredericksburg’s Florence King once said on the pages of American Spectator: democracy is the crude leading the crud.

        • JohnEngelman

          Definition of REPUBLIC
          a (1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president (2) :a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of governmentb (1) : a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law (2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government…
          Related to REPUBLIC
          Synonyms: democracy


          Definition of DEMOCRACY
          a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
          b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections…
          Synonyms: republic


          There is no contradiction between a republic and a democracy. The United States is both.

          • IstvanIN

            Yeah there is, we are supposed to be a representative republic, with representatives elected by those how have the franchise. We were never supposed to have universal adult suffrage. I suppose we have degenerated into a sort of democracy.

          • StillModerated

            A statue with feet of iron mingled with clay.

          • OlderWoman

            Nebuchadnezzer’s dream image in the Book of Daniel.

          • JohnEngelman

            When the United States Constitution was signed there were property qualifications for voting. If these qualifications were still in effect many of the people who post on American Renaissance would not be allowed to vote. None of the women who post here would be allowed to vote.

          • Nathanwartooth

            The land ownership is a bad idea because once people got fantastic amounts of wealth, all they would have to do is buy up all of the land and then they would be the only ones with voting powers.

            Perhaps just a simple “if you pay taxes you can vote”. Of course exclude retired people and there you go.

          • IstvanIN

            Not terribly likely.

          • Nathanwartooth

            Well it would be a lot cheaper than paying out campaign contributions every single time a politician runs for office. Plus it would have given them something tangible in return that they could make money from. They could even give parcels of land to all of their relatives or pay people to hold on to the deed and vote how they wanted to.

            It’s incredible exploitative when you think about it.

          • The Traveller

            …or military service as Israel does.

          • IstvanIN

            Would that be such a bad thing? The people who vote should have a vested interest in the countries success. Section 8 tenants do not.

          • JohnEngelman

            First of all, you are suggesting that many of the people who post here are Section 8 tenants. Second, Section 8 tenants do have a vested interest in the economic success of the United States’ economy. If the economy of the United States fails, it will no longer be possible for the U.S. government to fund Section 8 subsidies.

          • IstvanIN

            What is your native language? Nowhere did I suggest that many of the people who post here see section 8 tenants. Furthermore most welfare recipients, and section 8 is a welfare program, are able-bodied working age adults who are not smart enough to understand that a sound economy is required to support a generous welfare state.

          • The Traveller

            “First of all, you are suggesting that many of the people who post here are Section 8 tenants”

            I think you momentarily confused this site with the other sites you post at: Media Matters, Think Progress, Democratic Underground, etc.

          • JohnEngelman

            The Fifteenth Amendment

            Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

            Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.[1]


            The Nineteenth Amendment

            The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

            Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


            The United States Constitution was intended to be flexible. It is not a straight-jacket for a democratic government. It is a guidebook on how to operate a democratic government.

          • The Traveller

            “The United States Constitution was intended to be flexible. It is not a straight-jacket for a democratic government.”

            But it is. The last amendment that was passed dealt with congressional salaries. The current system is beyond reform with that archaic document.

          • The Traveller

            “There is no contradiction between a republic and a democracy. The United States is both.”

            A square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square. The original concept of the nation was clearly envisioned as a republic (as evidenced by suffrage restrictions), and not the egalitarian, chaotic Obama voter-ruled mess it is now.

            “The Articles gave too much power to the states and were too democratic
            for Morris and his protégé, Alexander Hamilton. Morris, Hamilton and
            others of the elite founders devised our present constitution with a
            strong central government whose laws take precedence over legislation
            passed by the states. In an unsuccessful attempt to ensure that the
            elite would maintain control, Hamilton even wanted the president and
            senators appointed for life.

            The constitution we got from the elite founders gives the president and
            the Supreme Court vetoes over the feared democratic impulses of the
            House of Representatives and created a Senate to put brakes on those
            same impulses. Senators were to be appointed by state legislatures,
            which guaranteed a Senate composed of “moneyed people” and Senate terms of office were staggered to prevent a sudden revolutionary change.”


            “The main difference between a republic and a democracy is the charter or constitution that limits power in a republic, often to protect the individual’s rights against the desires of the majority. In a true democracy,
            the majority rules in all cases, regardless of any consequences for
            individuals or for those who are not in the majority on an issue.”

            The United States was intended to be and still is more of a republic than a democracy. So yes Engelman, there is a contradiction if you are asserting that the United States is equally both, which it is not. The terms are not mutually exclusive, but they do not mean the same thing either.


          • Garrett Brown

            I think after so many thumbs downs your posts should be perma-burried and people can choose to click a read tab to show them.

    • PesachPatriot

      I would enjoy watching that one…I visited the museum of the confederacy once and it was pretty interesting…the Lincoln movie was ok….i liked him as a vampire hunter better. Are you actually in armenia? I’m sorry about the shame Kim K has brought to the armenian people.

      • Luis

        As much as Kim K has brought shame to the Armenians, William Saroyan the author, Ben Agajanian the motorsports car owner and Ara Parseighan the former Notre Dame football coach have made their (positive) mark as well.

        • PesachPatriot

          Good to hear…I have always respected the armenian people…whenever I go to jerusalem I always enjoy walking around the armenian quarter…their pottery and religious artwork is beautiful

          • ArmenianWN

            Yes, my cousin lives there, and when i visit him i can’t help but acknowledge that it is one of the most beautiful places in Jerusalem!

      • ArmenianWN

        Yes I am in Armenia, I live in Yerevan, the capital. the reason I know a lot about American politics is because much of my family lives in Los Angeles. As for Kim, unfortunately she’s as popular here as she is in America.

  • Bill

    All you have to do is read the headlines listed on today’s list here, and you can tell by reading no further the beginning of the end of our Republic began with Lincoln’s election and invasion of States who had Constitutionally separated themselves from a government which no longer served them. In point of fact, MANY of the grievances listed against the King of England in the Declaration of Independence had likewise been committed against the Southern States by the Northern Cabal. And further aggravated by Lincoln to wit: invaded our lands, replaced our judges with his own, interdicted our trade, seized our sailors, etc. are all things done by Lincoln unconstitutionally to fellow Americans in the southern states.

  • bigone4u

    I think it was about 1971 or so when Marlon Brando sent Sacheen Little Feather (born Marie Louise Cruz onNovember 14, 1946) to give his Oscar speech that I stopped caring about Hollywood’s silly little mindgame it plays with whites and Christians. I limit my movie watching to the classics on TCM and youtube. By the way, Miss Little Feather was an attractive woman, albeit it ridiculous in her Fauxcahantas outfit at the Oscars. Her current pics show she has not aged well, a trait I’ve noticed in native groups.

    • Johnny Clay

      She used to make soft-core porn, if my memory is correct.

  • Garrett Brown

    More exposure means more people seeing which means more brainwashing… Perfect eh?

    • JohnEngelman

      Political propaganda only works on willing subjects. For well over a century Abraham Lincoln has been one of America’s most loved presidents.

      • OlderWoman

        I don’t like him. He betrayed Southerners. Probably why obamanation loves him.

      • Garrett brown

        Are you implying the film is actual political propaganda? Or that people view it as historically accurate because he’s “beloved”… Why do you never make sense?

        • JohnEngelman

          The movie is popular with the viewing public and the critics because it is about one of our most loved presidents and because it is directed by one of the greatest directors in history.

          • The Traveller

            The number of fallacies you engage in is almost unreal. In this case, we have two: argumentum ad nauseam (you repeat that same nonsense on every page hoping to drown out critics) and argumentum ad populum – “where a proposition is claimed to be true or good solely because many people believe it to be so.”

            In 1952, less than half of Germans had a negative view of Adolf Hitler, surprising considering the death toll in that country as a result of the war he led his country into (hint: popular opinion is not always correct). He was popular for the same reasons Lincoln was. He had Lenny Riefenstahl and Lincoln had the “greatest director that brought us the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

            Spandau: The Secret Diaries

            By your logic, Adolf was a wonderful Chancellor because he was beloved by so many and backed by a famous artist.

          • JohnEngelman

            The U.S. conducted opinion surveys in occupied Germany. Tony Judt in his book Postwar: a History of Europe since 1945 extracted and used some of them.[29]…

            In 1952, 25% had a good opinion of Hitler.

            However, in Hitler, Germans, and the ‘Jewish Question,’ Sarah Ann Gordon notes the difficulty of drawing conclusions from the surveys. For example, respondents were given three alternatives from which to choose, as in question 1:

            Statement Percentage agreeing Hitler was right in his treatment of the Jews:0%

            Hitler went too far in his treatment of the Jews, but something had to be done to keep them in bounds:19%

            The actions against the Jews were in no way justified:77%

          • Garrett brown

            The movie is popular because the leftist media advertised it(continuing to do so with this many nominations) so much. Only reason.

          • JohnEngelman

            Political messages are successful when they tell people what they want to believe and/or when they tell people what they know to be true from other sources.

            When a great leader comes to power things could have gotten much worse. When he leaves power things have gotten much better. Abraham Lincoln crushed a country dedicated to the preservation of an evil institution. He freed the slaves and preserved the United States.

            The United States went on to become the strongest and richest country in the world. Abraham Lincoln did that.

          • Garrett brown

            Advertising a film has nothing to do with politics… I’m sure republicans went to see this film just as democrats did. What they think about it and what their view is afterwards has to do with their political thinking. Lincoln wasnt a great leader LOL. He was a lying murderer and one of the main reason this country is in the shape it is now. You can keep thumbing down each of my posts. It won’t make them any less right 🙂

          • JohnEngelman

            What I regret about President Lincoln’s leadership is that he did not make better use of the Gatling Gun and the Henry Rifle. These were the two most advanced weapons at the time. The thorough and intelligent use of them could have hastened the Union victory and substantially reduced Union casualties by annihilating the Confederate Army.

            With only a hand full of surviving Confederate veterans Reconstruction would have gone more smoothly. There would have been no one to join the Klu Klux Klan.

          • Garrett brown

            What you regret about Lincoln’s presidency is he didn’t use firearms you thought he should have… Can you keep on track with the subject son? Or are you just trolling? Not a very amusing troll I must say.

          • Jim

            Don’t waste your time brother. The guy’s a fail troll.

          • Winston_Jack

            In other words, John Engelman’s biggest regret is that Abe Stinkin
            didn’t make better use of more advanced weapons to kill White
            Southerners with more quickly, in order to free and unleash the Negro upon the rest of the nation.

            READ and take note, people.

  • eduard

    “Never has so few handed themselves so many awards for so much crap”. And throughout the year there will be more of these pathetic award ceremonies with all the loonies parading up and down so that the sheeple can see how pathetic they are in real life. And are’nt they so talented and so gifted these miserable royal families of the USA. They are nothing but usefull idiots to their puppetmasters and too cowardly stupid to stand up against them for what is right.

  • JohnEngelman

    WASHINGTON – Abraham Lincoln is rated the best President in a new survey of 65 historians, while George W. Bush debuted at a mediocre 36th out of 42.

    Bill Clinton improved his standing from 21st to 16th.

    Honest Abe, President Obama’s personal favorite, retained his top ranking in the C-SPAN survey released Sunday.

    Lincoln was again joined in the top five by George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

    In the original 2000 survey, FDR was second and Washington third.


    • IstvanIN

      Yikes, two mass-murders came in ahead of George Washington!

    • Garrett brown

      Lincoln was an insane, mass murdering, lying coward. Nothing close to honorable or respectful.

    • The Traveller

      Argumentum ad populum – “where a proposition is claimed to be true or good solely because many people believe it to be so.”

      In the source you cited, 65 people say it is so. However, popularity is not always a good measure of correctness.

      “Fifty-one percent of the public, including 58 percent of women, believe
      in ghosts, according to a Harris Poll of a cross section of 2,201 adults
      surveyed online between Jan. 21 and 27. Thirty-one percent of the
      public believe in astrology, including 36 percent of women, and 27
      percent believe in reincarnation – that they were once another person.”


      “Nearly half of Americans say they believe in ghosts, or that the dead can return in certain places and situations.”

      “More than one in five Americans says they have seen a ghost themselves, or have felt themselves to be in the presence of one.”


      “Some 3 million Americans believe they’ve encountered bright lights
      and incurred strange bodily marks indicative of a possible encounter
      with aliens, according to a recent poll.”


      • Garrett brown

        People winning their arguments against engleman, prepare to get thumbs downed!

  • stench of lincoln

    Lincoln was the biggest tyrant murdering trouble making POS Marxist tool in world history.
    Gotta despise Bush and Bama who worship at this devils alter. Thank you JW Booth.

  • falsedawn

    Ride with the
    Devil – Official Trailer [1999] – YouTube
    If you want to see a heck of a civil war movie, try this, “Ride with the Devil.”

  • falsedawn

    This is a heckofa Civil War movie.

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  • The anti-White rants in movies apparently resonate with those in Hollywood–is anyone surprised?

    I’ve seen neither of these anti-White movies and never plan to do so….

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Movieguide says there are about 40 obscenities in the PG-13 Lincoln, including 10 uses of “***damn. Similarly, the Dove Foundation laments that ‘the language they feature in the film … does not line up with the morals and language of the time period.

    ‘The historical record is clear that Lincoln definitely did not tolerate profanity around him,’ Barton says. ‘There are records of him confronting military generals if he heard about them cursing. Furthermore, the F-word used by Bilbo was virtually nonexistent in that day and it definitely would not have been used around Lincoln. If Lincoln had heard it, it is certain that he would instantly have delivered a severe rebuke.’

    This movie should be flushed. But there is a lot of $$ in telling revisionist Lincoln history, right Mr. O’Reilly? According to SD, it is a 2.5 hour boring homage to the passage of the 13th amendment.

    For a far better portrayal of Lincoln:


    • Garrett brown

      All heil the trekians!

    • JohnEngelman

      Michael Medved has said that there is a market for female nudity, but there is not a market for bad language.

      If a famous actress will be shown naked in a movie, some people will not see the movie for that reason, but others will watch the movie who otherwise would not watch it.

      Michael Medved has also said that no one is attracted to a movie because it uses bad language. Even people who use that language frequently in casual conversation are not attracted to a movie for that reason.

      Michael Medved has said that bad language shows up in Hollywood movies because it reflects the values of those who produce the movies.

      I see no reason to use obscene words at all.

      • Jerrybear

        That makes sense. Do you really like Medved that much to keep repeating his name? One mention would have sufficed.

    • Tim

      Who were the bad guys they went up against?!? I forget. Including one from the future…

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        They were set up to do battle by and ugly creature, an Excalbian named Yarnek.

        The episode is called The Savage Curtain and aired in 1969.


        Still…it was more realistic and better acted than the recent movie Lincoln


        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Take II

          • John Galt

            Good one!

  • GeorgeRA

    The Oscars, the Grammies, et al are nothing more than a bunch of jews patting themselves on the back for the billions of dummies that buy tickets to their filthy, racist, and lying wothless movies, making them, the producers, the directors, the actors, et al multimillionaires.

  • Jerrybear

    My somewhat leftist friend saw the movie and thought it was a bore. I asked if Lincoln was portrayed as some kind of Mother Theresa for blacks and he agreed that he was made into some kinda of false patron saint. I then showed him one of Lincoln’s very racist quotes and he was blown away. Hollywood should be barred from making historical films. They cannot refrain from making complete fantasy that furthers their political agenda.