Saw Lincoln on Tuesday – finally. We had tried earlier, but it was sold out, no doubt because it’s running in the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Music, Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Writing.
That’s 13 categories.
And the film is about the passing of the 13th amendment to the American constitution.
After all, this is the 13th year of this century, a turning point that points toward greater equality, unity, cooperation, compassion, and love. It need not surprise us that Lincoln is so popular.
I also admire Daniel Day-Lewis’s portrayal of a man who is both inspired and inspiring, a man who cleaves to his interpretation of Divine truth and Divine love even when those qualities conflict with the entirety of the laws that he is hoping to amend.
And his story-telling! What a gift to find meaning everywhere.
I enjoyed the performances of Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln; Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln; David Strathairn as William H. Seward; and Lee Grinner Pace as Fernando Wood. Pace is most familiar to me as Ned, the Pieman from the charming and colourful ABC series Pushing Daisies, while Gordon-Levitt is most familiar to me as Tommy Solomon, the youngest of the quartet of aliens in Third Rock from the Sun, one of my favourite TV shows; actually one of the only TV shows I ever watch.