By Anna Meany–
The 85th Annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, will be televised live on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. They will come and go like they usually do – an evening of glamour, talent, and celebrity-gawking.
And after we drool over tuxedos and long ball-gowns, the entire film industry will wait to see who has been chosen as the absolute best movie produced in the last year.
Among the top picks for Best Picture are “Les Miserables,” a film adaptation of the popular musical that had women everywhere dropping jaws for the ruggedly passionate and hero Hugh Jackman, and “Django Unchained,” the newest Quentin Tarantino film that only fueled America’s obsession with the gruesome director. Louisville-born actress Jennifer Lawrence acts alongside Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook,” a not-so-conventional rom-com that features the romance between two messed-up individuals. Despite its awe-inspiring competition, “Lincoln” deserves to bring home the most coveted Oscar award.
Starring Daniel Day Lewis (Abraham Lincoln) and Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln), this film serves as a brilliant biopic on the emotional reactions of the Commander-in-Chief and his family as result of the social and political pressures in the mid-1800s. Steven Spielberg, known for directing some of America’s best films (including “Jaws,” “Schindler’s List,” and “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial”) leads Lewis to portray the most likeable representation of the 16th president. “Lincoln” is overflowing with inspiration. His oldest son, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, clings to his dream of serving the Union army, despite his parents’ wishes. And Lincoln somehow convinces Congress to pass the bill outlawing slavery and end the war while keeping the nation together, despite the country’s horrifically blatant opposition.
While I expected “Lincoln” to be more of a biopic, I was pleasantly surprised that writers chose these few months to exemplify his entire administration and the morality he imposed on the country’s citizens during the Civil War. It’s definitely one of those films you must listen to – the plot can be confusing explained by the 1800s diction, but humor found its way into the serious film. “Lincoln” follows his appeals to Congressional members to stop the war and ends with a shocking, but utterly commendable decision by Representative Thaddeus Stevens to support his actions.
Overall, this movie is the most deserving of this prestigious title for its ability to connect with its American audience – it is a film that narrates the emergence of hope and tolerance amidst the ignorant, greedy values of some Americans at the time.
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