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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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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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Has politics weighed on Oscars race?

Gun-control advocates find Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” politically insensitive to what’s happening in the United States, in the wake of senseless shootings and deaths. Tarantino is prepared if it won’t win any award in the Oscars but “the recognition, being invited to the party, is a lot of fun." INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Perhaps it is no surprise, given that 2012 was a US election year, but this year’s Oscars crop includes a heavy dose of politics—which has arguably influenced Hollywood’s top awards race.

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Star World showcases red carpet events this February

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Bask in Hollywood glitz and glamour as Star World brings viewers the biggest awards shows and red carpet events this February. Find out which films and which stars will garner the most honors at these prestigious occasions, and marvel at the celebrities as they parade up the red carpet and set the fashion world abuzz in their stunning designer suits and gowns.

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‘Lincoln’ screenwriter apologizes for 15-second error

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The screenwriter of “Lincoln,” which has 12 Oscar nominations, conceded on Friday that the taut political drama changed the historical record for “15 seconds,” after a lawmaker complained.

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Jones, Hathaway win SAG supporting prizes

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Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday Jan. 27, 2013. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln” and Anne Hathaway of “Les Miserables” claimed the first prizes of the night Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning supporting-acting honors that boost their prospects for the Academy Awards.

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Bill Clinton gets Golden Globes standing ovation

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton. AFP FILE PHOTO

Former US president Bill Clinton brought Hollywood to its feet Sunday with a brief appearance at the Golden Globe awards.

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Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ eyes Golden Globes glory

Presenter Melissa Leo (R) looks on as actor Daniel Day-Lewis accepts the Best Actor Award for "Lincoln" onstage at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hangar on January 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.   Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Steven Spielberg is hoping for Golden Globes glory for his political drama “Lincoln” on Sunday, as Hollywood hits the red carpet for its biggest pre-Oscars awards show.

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‘Lincoln’ leads Oscars with 12 nominations

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Actress Emma Stone and 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane present the 85th Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Photo

The Civil War saga “Lincoln” leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for British-born Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

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