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‘Django’s’ remarkable characters hold viewers’ rapt attention

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DICAPRIO. Emerging versatility and depth.

After “Lincoln” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” the latest Oscars-cited movie to hit local screens is Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” It’s interesting to note that, quite inadvertently, the timing of the film’s local release has made it a sort of “companion piece” to “Lincoln.”

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History comes vibrantly to life in ‘Lincoln’

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LEWIS. Luminous and insighful portrayal

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” is a masterful tribute to a truly great man. Even more admirably, Spielberg succeeds in making history come vibrantly alive without watering it down in the facile, feckless name of “entertainment.” Only a true master of the cinema could have done it, so our admiration for the filmmaker has increased even further.

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Hits and misses at the Oscars

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Director Ang Lee FILE PHOTO

The biggest and most unexpected winner at last week’s Academy Awards was Ang Lee, who trounced Steven Spielberg in the Best Director race with “Life of Pi,” vis-a-vis Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which was generally expected to romp off with the directing and Best Picture trophies, but did no such thing because the topmost plum went to “Argo,” instead! —So, “Lincoln” was the evening’s top loser,—a most undeserved fate.

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Daniel Day-Lewis holds record of winning best actor Oscar three times

Daniel Day-Lewis at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.John Shearer/Invision/AP

Daniel Day-Lewis has won the Academy Award for best actor for his exactingly authentic performance as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama.

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‘Argo,’ ‘Lincoln’ Oscar favorites

Statuettes in the likeness of the Oscar award are displayed across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex in Los Angeles. AP

Giant coffee table books, iPod Shuffles, signed letters from directors, even “Lincoln” turkey roasting pans.

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