Saturday, April 13, 2024

Spielberg’s “Lincoln” Film Wins the Debate with Commercial


It was probably just a coincidence that President Obama mentioned Abraham Lincoln during the debate Thursday night. But when the 90 minute slugfest was over, the first commercial that popped up was for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” Daniel Day Lewis plays the 16th president. And while prior teasers didn’t look so exciting, this commercial was damn good. “Lincoln” won the debate hands down. Will it win the Oscar? That’s to be seen. But with this material, Spielberg will have a dozen or so nominations, to be sure. Daniel Day Lewis is pretty impressive (although, to be a total wag about it, he reminded me a little of Michael Richards aka “Kramer”).

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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