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Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' Sweeps Award Nominations

Poised to hit $100M at the domestic box office today, the critically acclaimed film garners seven golden globe nominations -- more than any other film.

BURBANK, CA -- DreamWorks Pictures announced that Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, will hit $100 million at the domestic box office today, 34 days from its initial exclusive release in 11 theaters on November 9. With its relevancy and riveting storytelling, the powerful film has resonated with American audiences across a wide demographic, drawing in moviegoers from teens to senior citizens.

Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, has steadily delivered strong performances to hit the $100 million mark today. To support audience demand, an additional 271 theaters will be added Friday, bringing the total number of theaters to 2285.

Today, Lincoln received seven Golden Globe nominations—more than any other film this year and more than any other Spielberg film. In addition to best picture drama and best director nods, the film was nominated in the best actor, best supporting actor and best supporting actress categories as well as best screenplay and best original score categories.

Yesterday, Lincoln garnered SAG Award nominations for outstanding performances in the leading role and supporting role categories for male actor and in the supporting role category for female actor as well as a nomination for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

Earlier this week, Lincoln received a record-setting 13 nominations for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA). This is more nominations than any film has ever received from BFCA.

In addition, both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film critics honored Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tony Kushner with awards.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy comments on the success of Lincoln:  “It was a 12- year struggle to get this film made. We are humbled and gratified to receive these nominations and to see how audiences have embraced it. To see this film cross $100 million after we were continually discouraged from making it, is beyond what we could have ever hoped for. “

Many critics have responded to the political relevancy of Lincoln. Joe Klein in Time says, “Suddenly it seems as if everyone in the political world is talking about Steven Spielberg’s splendid film Lincoln.”

Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post states: “President Obama hosted a screening of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln at the White House the other day. He should do it again—and again and again. Lincoln is exquisitely crafted and even more exquisitely timed.”

And David Brooks in the New York Times comments, “I hope everybody who shares this anti-political mood will go out to see Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner. The movie portrays the nobility of politics in exactly the right way.”

Lincoln is a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

From DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, in association with Participant Media, Lincoln is directed by Steven Spielberg,  produced by Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Lincoln is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Source: DreamWorks Pictures

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.