Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty: Award's season hots up this weekend!

17th January, 2013

This weekend sees two major Oscar and BAFTA contenders come to the big screen - Kathryn Bigelow's political thriller Zero Dark Thirty and Steven Spielberg's epic historical biopic Lincoln. Which of these American heavyweights will come out on top?

Lincoln (12, 11+)

Duration: 150mins
Year: 2012
Director (s): Steven Spielberg
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Sally Field, Lee Pace

One of 2012's notable events was the reelection of Barack Obama in the US presidential election. Jump back almost 150 years to 1865, though, and the idea of a black president was unfathomable. The only role black people held in American (and British) society was that of slave. With the country torn apart by a devastating civil war another president, Abraham Lincoln, was trying desperately to force through legislation that would end the slave trade and free America's black population from the tyranny of forced labour. Steven Spielberg's biopic illustrates the monumental achievement and profound legacy of Lincoln's triumph.

Related films: Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter, In the Land of the Free, 4 Little Girls, There Will Be Blood, Amistad

Zero Dark ThirtyZero Dark Thirty (15, 14+)

Duration: 157mins
Director (s):
Kathryn Bigelow
Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain

Having won an Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker (dramatising the experience of US soldiers fighting in Iraq), Kathryn Bigelow began work on this cinematic chronicle of perhaps the biggest revenge saga in American history. When al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the Pentagon and World Trade Centre in September 2011, President George W. Bush announced a military response that would ultimately see the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. At the heart of the operations’ aims was the capture or execution of Osama bin Laden. Ten years on, this film tells the story of the deadly mission which finally succeeded.

Related films: The Hurt Locker, Taxi to the Darkside, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, Fahrenheit 9 11, Apocalypse Now Redux

Award Season

Both these films are up for a slew of Oscars and BAFTAs. Watch our report from the announcement of the BAFTA nominations where film critic Mark Kermode and more gave us their take on the runners and riders.

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