By James Hirsen
Voting is now underway and will continue through today to determine which films and film related artists are ultimately going to receive one or more of the coveted golden statues that are given out annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar campaigns have become brutal affairs, replete with skilled strategists, opposition research, and multimedia leaks. However, this year politically tinged cinematic content and even some real-life political officeholders may have an effect on the outcome of the Academy Award ceremonies.
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” earlier on looked as if it might become a major Oscar-nabbing vehicle with its grandiose themes and character channeling lead actor. The Oscar campaign of the film utilized the support of political figures including former President Bill Clinton, who conveyed a huge thumbs-up to the movie at the Golden Globe Awards show as he participated in the entertainment event by providing the intro for the “Lincoln” excerpt. It was reportedly Spielberg who personally requested that Clinton make an appearance at the Globes ceremony. [more...]