22 October 2013
With the Civil War raging, and the death toll rising, Abraham Lincoln focuses his energies on the passage of the 13th Amendment in the hope of ending the war, uniting the country and abolishing slavery. Even those sympathetic to the cause question his timing, but Lincoln doesn't see the two issues as separate.
To quote the review in The Guardian newspaper:
Spielberg has made a moving and honourably high-minded film about this world-changing moment of American history, his best for many years: I can't imagine anyone not wanting to see it, and to experience the pleasures of something acted with such intelligence and depth.
Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln inhabits the role; he becomes the president, in build, appearance, mannerisms, speech and voice and richly deserved his best actor Oscar, the first person ever to win this prize three times.