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Updated: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:15:00 GMT | By Neil Smith, contributor, MSN Movies
Oscar nominations 2013: Your guide to the Academy Awards favourites

Lincoln



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What's it about?

Abraham Lincoln mostly, he of the stovepipe hat, unwavering principles and Gettysburg addresses. Instead of covering the breadth of his 56-year life, though, Steven Spielberg’s biographical drama concentrates on his last few months, a pivotal period in which he and his supporters contrived to pass a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery.

Why'€™s it nominated?

Because it'™s just the kind of film the Academy loves to champion -€“ a serious, earnest and reverential history lesson about a great man and an even greater good. Few movie-makers do this kind of thing better than Mr Spielberg, who has hardly been out of the Academy'™s thinking since Schindler's List broke his Oscar duck in 1994.

What are its chances?

Pretty good. Lincoln has more nominations -“ 12 -€“ than any of this year'€™s shortlisted titles and is considered the frontrunner in the best picture category. Daniel Day-Lewis looks set to secure his third best actor Oscar for his majestic portrayal of Honest Abe, while co-star Tommy Lee Jones is a good punt for the supporting actor gong.

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