Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay (Tony Kushner), Costume Design, Film Editing and Best Original Score.
What's It About? While former president Lincoln (Day-Lewis) had an amazing, interesting life -- and would be an easy subject for a movie no matter what time period was selected -- Spielberg's movie focuses on the passage of the 13th Amendment and the days leading up to its creation and enactment. Of course, the Civil War is raging on in the background. The film features much political discussion, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the discourse that took place during the volatile historical period.
Why You Should See It: Daniel Day-Lewis is an actor in his own universe; we're hard-pressed to think of a better performance this year. While Day-Lewis steals the movie (as he should), his supporting cast is also superb, with impressive turns by Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens.
It's Kind of Like: There are moments reminiscent of "Glory," but only because it's based during the Civil War. Consider it like the political version of "Glory," with lots of in-depth talk but none of the action. Otherwise, "Lincoln" is a movie all its own.
How You Should See It: "Lincoln' is still playing in theaters. You can check out showtimes here.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Emancipation Proclamation, not the 13th Amendment, was the focus of the movie.