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Best Performances of 2012: A Good Year for the Broken, Disturbed and Driven

A great year in film means a great year in acting. We've celebrated our Top Ten Films of 2012, and now it's time to give thanks for some of the performances that moved us this year.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 25, 2012 7:00 AM
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Entertainment Weekly Posts Their Best and Worst of 2012

Entertainment Weekly examines the trends, triumphs, and disasters of 2012 in a year-end double issue. Best films from critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum start with "Lincoln" and "Zero Dark Thirty," respectively, followed by "Zero Dark Thirty," "Amour," and "Silver Linings Playbook." (Their complete lists are posted below.)
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 20, 2012 1:22 PM
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Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis Present 'Lincoln' Screening for the US Senate

The United States Senate took a break from their law making (or stalling) to watch how it was done in the old days. Steven Spielberg and his star, Daniel Day-Lewis, attended a screening of "Lincoln" at the Capitol Visitors Center yesterday. Spielberg said that he was honored to see Senators from ”both sides sitting in the same room watching a president put the people out in front of the abyss.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 20, 2012 1:16 PM
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Daniel Day-Lewis to be Celebrated with Montecito Award at Santa Barbara International Film Fest

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Daniel Day-Lewis with the Montecito Award at a ceremony on January 26.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 18, 2012 12:48 PM
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Free iPad App Dives Deeper into History of Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

History buffs--want to dig deeper into Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"? There is a free iPad app available now on iTunes. Lincoln: A Steven Spielberg Film - Discover the Story goes behind the scenes with an interactive look at that crucial time in American history. It includes photos, art, interviews, music and a historical narrative. Take a look at these screen grabs.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 15, 2012 2:36 AM
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Daniel Day-Lewis On Giving 'Lincoln' Voice (NEW VIDEO CLIPS)

Uncanny is the word NPR uses to describe Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal of the 16th president in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."  In this All Things Considered interview, Day-Lewis describes how he found a high register for Honest Abe's distinctive voice that carried across many well-remembered speeches, and reveals his favorites.  The actor wanted to show the lighter side of Lincoln, who used humor to battle back the darkness. Here's Day-Lewis on Lincoln as an entertainer:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 10, 2012 10:00 AM
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Oscar Talk: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' is Major Contender, Led by Day-Lewis; Supporting Actress Race, Has Phoenix Dive-Bombed His Chances?

On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I weigh in on Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln." The movie is restrained, and beautiful, and deeply moving, and Daniel Day-Lewis carries the day as America's 16th president pushing thorugh the 13th amendment to ban slavery. Picture, director, adapted screenplay, cinematography, art direction, costumes, score, actor, supporting actress and actor--Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones will also factor--you name it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 19, 2012 12:10 PM
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Watch: Spielberg and Day-Lewis Talk 'Lincoln' at Lengthy Q&A (VIDEO)

Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis participated in a live Q&A session yesterday after a special screening of "Lincoln," directed by Spielberg and starring Day-Lewis as the 16th president. The full interview and a shorter clip, in which the pair talk about how they can use fear as a driving force in their work, both linked below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 11, 2012 2:33 PM
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BAFTA LA Britannias to Honor Day-Lewis with Stanley Kubrick Award

The BAFTA LA 2012 Britannia Awards (November 11) will honor "Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film. The pre-selected awards, which this year also honor Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Will Wright, provide a BAFTA Oscar push for certain artists.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 4, 2012 1:11 PM
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Oscar Watch: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Faces Marketing Challenges; Fiery New Trailer Targets Political Wonks During Presidential Debate

An intense and patriotic new trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (November 9) premiered during the presidential debate. Political news wonks may seem an odd target audience for a Hollywood movie, but it makes sense for a period drama that is essentially about governing. "Lincoln" spends most of its time following the fierce battle waged by Abraham Lincoln to make his wartime Emancipation Proclamation into law.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 4, 2012 12:12 PM
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