How do you know you’re up for Best Picture in 2012? A journalist at the New York Post so fears Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln winning Best Picture that he has to write an op-ed that smears President Lincoln 150 years after his assassination. It’s really no wonder, though, since this is how he interprets the film:
Torture in the Civil War
Does “Zero Dark Thirty” condone torture? Some think it does, but the film is a queasy, disquieting experience. It’s anything but a whitewash. It invites adults to think for themselves. “Lincoln,” by contrast, paints its central character as a folksy but brilliant charmer who never did anything worse than cut a few patronage deals to get the 13th Amendment passed.
The Lincoln complainers have abounded for decades. The Zero Dark Thirty controversy has only just recently hatched. We don’t even know the facts yet let alone whether the film is propaganda and a lie. Yet Kyle Smith and his newly self-proclaimed cohort, Jeff Wells, have decided that this is the moment to take down President Lincoln, along with Spielberg’s great film — why? All because of a funny little game called the Oscar race.