“The Abraham Lincoln we only thought we knew.”
" “Lincoln” is a rough and noble democratic masterpiece — an omen, perhaps, that movies for the people shall not perish from the earth."
"This is a profoundly thought-provoking portrait of 16th president and his drive to end slavery and unite the country."
USA TODAY Claudia Puig
“…a lyrical, ingeniously structured screenplay by Tony Kushner, is one of the most authentic biographical dramas I’ve ever seen.”
“His filmmaking is deceptively simple – the kind of simplicity only a master can achieve.”
"Daniel Day-Lewis, who has a lock on an Oscar nomination, modulates LINCOLN."
"Spielberg, Kushner and Day-Lewis dare greatly in giving us this complex, conflicted portrait of a great American leader."
"…the debate scenes are like war vignettes, but with words for swords."
TIME Richard Corliss
“…acting honors go to Jones, who clearly relishes the rich role of Stevens and whose crusty smarts prove both formidable and funny.”
“…there’s no debate about the acting: Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones… and James Spader… are all superb.”
US WEEKLY Mara Reinstein
“…Daniel Day-Lewis …delivering an unimpeachable performance as the United States' 16th president…”
VARIETY Peter Debruge
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Cast & Characters

Abraham Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis

"We’re stepped upon the world’s stage now with the fate of human dignity in our hands. Blood’s been spilled to afford us this moment."- Abraham Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"Whether or not you fight is what's gonna matter."- Robert Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln

Sally Field

"No one’s ever been loved so much by the people. Don’t waste that power."- Mary Todd Lincoln

Thaddeus Stevens

Tommy Lee Jones

"Abraham Lincoln has asked us to work with him to accomplish the death of slavery."- Thaddeus Stevens

W.N. Bilbo

James Spader

"My neighbors in Nashville found out I was loyal to the Union, they came after me with gelding knives!"- W.N. Bilbo

William Seward

David Strathairn

"It's either the amendment or this confederate peace. You cannot have both."- William Seward







Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Production Notes

Discovering The Cast

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Production Notes


Historical research and rich character details also merged in the work of costume designer Joanna Johnston, another long-time Spielberg collaborator, who cut her teeth in authentic military worlds with “Saving Private Ryan.” Like many on the production, she also had a personal link to WWI. “My grandmother’s brother was in the war, and I had an image of him just before he went on a horse that is looking forward while he’s looking back,” she says. “Right away I sent it to Steven, and it became my personal way into the film and gave me something on which to base the scope of the costumes.”



BEN MORRIS (Visual Effects Supervisor) began his career designing performance control systems for projects such as George Miller’s “Babe” and supervised the creation of CG people for Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator.” He joined Framestore in 2000 as part of the VFX team on “Dinotopia,” where he integrated the motion rig and motion-control camera with in-house CG character animation systems, for which he won Emmy® and VES (Visual Effects Society) awards.  

The Squirrel Room sequence in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” gave him the opportunity to further develop the character pipeline. Morris led the team that created the lead CG characters of Lorek, Ragnar and a host of other armored bears in Chris Weitz’s “The Golden Compass,” for which he won the Academy Award® and BAFTA for Best Visual Effects.

On Mike Newell’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” he created the CG vipers and CG environments for the film’s climactic showdown in the Sand Room.

Morris recently had the pleasure of working on Steven Spielberg’s World War I film, “War Horse,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination.



JOANNA JOHNSTON (Costume Designer) first worked with Steven Spielberg assisting Academy Award®–winning costume designer Anthony Powell on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” She also assisted Powell on such films as “Evil Under the Sun” and Roman Polanski’s “Tess.”

Other productions, working as assistant designer, include working with Milena Canonero on “Out of Africa,” for which Canonero was nominated for an Oscar®. She also assisted Tom Rand on his Oscar-nominated work “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and on “The Shooting Party.”

As a costume designer, Johnston has enjoyed a long association with Steven Spielberg, working on such films as “Saving Private Ryan,” “Munich,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “War of the Worlds” and  “War Horse.”

She has also collaborated frequently with Robert Zemeckis on films, including “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” “Back to the Future Part 2,” “Back to the Future Part 3,” “Death Becomes Her,” “Contact,” “Castaway,” “The Polar Express” and the Academy Award®– winning “Forrest Gump.”

Other features include M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable,” and Paul and Chris Weitz’s “About A Boy,” for which she was a Costume Designers Award nominee; and Richard Curtis’ “Love Actually” and “The Boat That Rocked.”

Johnston has also worked with Bryan Singer on “Valkyrie” and most recently on “Jack the Giant Killer.”



RICK CARTER (Production Designer) won an Academy Award® and a BAFTA in 2010 for his otherworldly production design on James Cameron’s mega-hit “Avatar.” He was also honored by his peers with an Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design on a Fantasy Film. Carter received his first Oscar® nomination for his work on Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump.”

Carter most recently created the production design on Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse.” He has also collaborated with Steven Spielberg on such diverse films as “Munich,” “War of the Worlds,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “Amistad” and the blockbusters “Jurassic Park” and its sequel, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”

In 2011 he was also the production designer on Zack Snyder’s epic fantasy “Sucker Punch.”

Carter has been Zemeckis’ production designer of choice on the films “The Polar Express,” “Cast Away,” “What Lies Beneath,” “Death Becomes Her” and “Back to the Future Part II” and “Part III.”

Earlier in his career, Carter designed for the television anthology series “Amazing Stories,” which was produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. His work on the show also teamed him with such notable directors as Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood, among others.



MICHAEL KAHN, A.C.E. (Editor), is one of the most acclaimed film editors of all time. He won Academy Awards® for editing “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan,” all of which were directed by Steven Spielberg. With seven Oscar® nominations, he is the most honored editor in motion picture history.  Additionally, he has won 2 BAFTAs and has been nominated for 4 others. Last year, Kahn edited Spielberg’s combination live-action animated feature “The Adventures of Tintin” and the Academy Award® nominated “War Horse.” 

During his more than four decades of illustrious work, Kahn has distinguished himself as the editor of many now-classic films, including “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Color Purple,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Always,” “Ice Castles,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

In addition Kahn edited “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “Munich,” “The Terminal,” “War of the Worlds,” “Catch Me if You Can,” “Alive,” “Arachnophobia,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Goonies,” “Poltergeist,” “1941,” “The Eyes of Laura Mars” and “The Return of a Man Called Horse.”

For television Kahn edited the movie “Eleanor and Franklin.” He began his career editing the popular television series “Hogan’s Heroes.”



JANUSZ KAMINSKI (Director of Photography) has created some of the most lasting and memorable images in cinema history.

A native of Poland, Kaminski has enjoyed a long and illustrious collaboration with Steven Spielberg, first with the 1993 made-for-television film “Class of ’61,” on which Spielberg was executive producer. Together they went on to combine their talents on “Schindler’s List” (for which Kaminski won his first Academy Award® for Best Cinematography), “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Amistad” (Oscar® nomination), “Saving Private Ryan” (for which he received his second Academy Award), “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “Minority Report,” “Catch Me if You Can,” “The Terminal,” “War of the Worlds,” “Munich,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “War Horse.”

Among Kaminski’s other credits as cinematographer are “How Do You Know,” “Funny People,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Oscar® nomination), “Jumbo Girl,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Tall Tale,” “How to Make an American Quilt,” “Little Giants,” “The Adventures of Huck Finn” and “Killer Instinct,” among many others.

Kaminski’s directing credits include “Lost Souls” and “Hania” (on which he also served as cinematographer). He is also directing and working as cinematographer on “American Dream.”



In a career spanning five decades, JOHN WILLIAMS (Composer) has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, and he remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.

He has composed the music and served as music director for more than one hundred films, including all six “Star Wars” films, the first three “Harry Potter” films, “Superman,” “JFK,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Far and Away,” “The Accidental Tourist” and “Home Alone.”

Williams’ 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including “Schindler’s List,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the “Indiana Jones” films, “Munich,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Adventures of Tintin” and “War Horse.”

His contributions to television music include scores for more than 200 television films for the groundbreaking, early anthology series “Alcoa Theatre,” “Kraft Television Theatre,” “Chrysler Theatre” and “Playhouse 90,” as well as themes for “NBC Nightly News” (“The Mission”), “NBC’s Meet the Press” and the PBS arts showcase “Great Performances.” He also composed themes for the 1984, 1988 and 1996 “Summer Olympic Games” and the 2002 “Winter Olympic Games.” He has received five Academy Awards® and forty-seven Oscar® nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars. He has received seven British Academy Awards (BAFTA), twenty-one Grammys®, four Golden Globes®, five Emmys® and numerous gold and platinum records. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. He received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in December of 2004, and he received the 2009 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. government.

In January 1980, Williams was named nineteenth music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding the legendary Arthur Fiedler. He currently holds the title of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor, which he assumed following his retirement in December, 1993, after fourteen highly successful seasons. He also holds the title of Artist-in-Residence at Tanglewood. Mr. Williams has composed numerous works for the concert stage, among them two symphonies, and concertos commissioned by several of the world’s leading orchestras, including a cello concerto for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a bassoon concerto for the New York Philharmonic, a trumpet concerto for The Cleveland Orchestra, and a horn concerto for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2009, Williams composed and arranged “Air and Simple Gifts” especially for the inaugural ceremony of President Barack Obama, and in September 2009, the Boston Symphony premiered a new concerto for harp and orchestra entitled “On Willows and Birches.”



JONATHAN KING (Executive Producer) is head of production for Participant Media’s narrative feature film division. Participant’s output is driven by the idea that a good story well told can lead to positive change in today’s world.  Some recent Participant releases include “The Help,” “Contagion,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “No” from Chilean director Pablo Larrain, which won the Art Cinema Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  

Prior to joining Participant, King worked as both a producer and an executive for companies including Focus Features, Laurence Mark Productions and Miramax Films.  Some of the movies he has worked on include “Dreamgirls,” “The Lookout,” “Finding Forrester,” “Studio 54,” “Guinevere” and “Judas Kiss.” He started his film career in MGM/UA’s New York office, scouting books, theater and independent films.

King currently serves on the board of advisors for the Outfest Legacy Project, a partnership with the UCLA Film and Television Archive that restores and preserves important works of queer cinema. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Florida State University Film School and on the board of directors of the John Alexander Project, a new non-profit dedicated to nurturing and supporting innovative investigative journalism. He lives in Venice, California.



JEFF SKOLL (Executive Producer) is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. As founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund, he is bringing life to his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.

Skoll founded Participant Media in 2004 with the belief that a story well told has the power to inspire and compel social change. Participant’s films are accompanied by social action and advocacy campaigns to engage people on the issues addressed in the films.

Skoll has served as Executive Producer on over 33 films to date, which have collectively received a total of 5 Academy Awards® and 22 nominations. Participant’s films include, among others, “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “North Country,” “Syriana,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Kite Runner,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Visitor,” “The Cove,” “Countdown to Zero,” “Waiting for “Superman,” “Food, Inc.,” “The Help,” “Contagion,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Promised Land.”

In 2009, Participant launched its digital hub, TakePart.com, an on-line Social Action Network™ that engages people in the major issues that shape their lives. TakePart launched a digital magazine on MSN and a YouTube network in 2012.



DANIEL LUPI (Executive Producer) most recently produced “The Master,” directed by P.T. Anderson and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. Lupi also produced two other films directed by P.T. Anderson: “There Will Be Blood” and “Punch-Drunk Love.”

He executive-produced Paul Weitz’s “Little Fockers,” Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” Brad Silberberg’s “Land of the lost,” Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” Jim Sheridan’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” Jesse Dylan’s “Kicking & Screaming” and Peter Segal’s “50 First Dates.”



TONY KUSHNER's (Screenplay by) plays include “A Bright Room Called Day”; “Angels in America, Parts One and Two”; “Slavs!”; “Homebody/Kabul”; “Caroline, or Change,” a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the  Scriptures.”

Kushner wrote the libretto for the opera “A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck,” also with Tesori. He has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille’s “The Illusion,” S.Y. Ansky’s “The Dybbuk,” Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Person of Sezuan” and “Mother Courage and Her Children”; and the English-language libretto for the opera “Brundibár” by Hans Krasa.  

He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of “Angels in America” and for Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.” His books include “Brundibar,” with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; “The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present”; and “Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict,” co-edited with Alisa Solomon.

Kushner is the recipient of a Pultizer Prize, two Tony Awards®, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy® Award and an Oscar® nomination, among other honors.  In 2008, he was the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.  He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.



Seven-time Academy Award®–nominated KATHLEEN KENNEDY (Producer) is one of the most successful and respected producers and executives in the film industry today.  She joined Lucasfilm Ltd. in mid-2012 and currently serves as Co-Chairman of the company with George Lucas.  As a testament to her standing in the film community, she also holds the position of Vice President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as well as serving on its Board of Governors.  Among her credits are three of the highest grossing films in motion picture history: “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park” and “The Sixth Sense.”

Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Kennedy headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded in 1992 with director/producer Frank Marshall.  Recent Kennedy/Marshall projects include the animated feature “The Adventures of Tintin,” based on the iconic character created Belgian artist Georges Remi, “War Horse,” based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, and  “Hereafter,” a somber look at life and death and what lies beyond, starring Matt Damon and directed by Clint Eastwood. Kennedy also executive produced  (with George Lucas) the long awaited fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Frank Marshall.

Under the Kennedy/Marshall banner, Kennedy has produced such films as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (three Academy Award® wins and ten additional Academy Award nominations), “The Sixth Sense” (six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture), “Seabiscuit” (seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture) and “Snow Falling on Cedars.” Kennedy also produced such indie hits as “Persepolis” (Oscar® nominated for Best Animated Feature) and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Golden Globe® winner for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director).

Kennedy launched her producing career via a successful association with Steven Spielberg, which began when she served as his production assistant on the film “1941.”  She went to become his associate on “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” associate producer of “Poltergeist” and producer of “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.” While “E.T.” was becoming an international phenomenon, Spielberg, Kennedy, and Marshall were already in production on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” which she and Marshall produced with Lucas.

In 1982 Kennedy co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Spielberg and Marshall.  While at Amblin, she produced and guided two of the most successful franchises in film history: the “Jurassic Park” series and “The Back To The Future trilogy.”  In addition Kennedy produced or executive-produced a slew of critical and box-office hits, including “Twister,” “Balto,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Flintstones,” “Schindler’s List,” “We’re Back!,” “A Dinosaurs Story,” “Noises Off,” “Hook,” “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West,” “Cape Fear,” “Gremlins 2: The New Batch,” “Joe Versus the Volcano,” “Always,” “Gremlins,” “The Land Before Time,” “Who Framed Rodger Rabbit?”, “Batteries Not Included,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Innerspace,” “An American Tail,” “The Money Pit,” “The Color Purple,” “Young Sherlock Holmes,” “The Goonies,” and Frank Marshall’s directing debut, “Arachnophobia.”  Other collaborations with Spielberg include “Munich,” “War of the Worlds” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

Kennedy recently completed her tenure as President of the Producers Guild of America, which bestowed upon her its highest honor, the Charles Fitzsimmons Service Award in 2006.  In 2008, she and Marshall received the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Award for Career Achievement.

Raised in the small Northern California towns of Weaverville and Redding, Kennedy graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in telecommunications and film.  While still a student, she began working at a San Diego, Calif. television station.  Following jobs as a camera operator, video editor, floor director and news production coordinator, Kennedy produced the station’s talk show “You’re On.”  She then relocated to Los Angeles and worked with director John Milius prior to beginning her association with Spielberg.



STEVEN SPIELBERG (Director/Producer), one of the industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers, is a principal partner of DreamWorks Studios. Formed in 2009, Spielberg and Stacey Snider lead the motion picture company in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

Spielberg is also, collectively, the top-grossing director of all time, having helmed such blockbusters as “Jaws,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” the “Indiana Jones” franchise and “Jurassic Park.” Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time Academy Award® winner.

Spielberg took home his first two Oscars®, for Best Director and Best Picture, for the internationally lauded “Schindler’s List,” which received a total of seven Oscars®. The film was also named the Best Picture of 1993 by many of the major critics organizations, in addition to winning seven BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe® Awards, both including Best Picture and Director. Spielberg also won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for his work on the film.

Spielberg won his third Academy Award®, for Best Director, for the World War II drama “Saving Private Ryan,” which was the highest-grossing release (domestically) of 1998. It was also one of the year’s most honored films, earning four additional Oscars®, as well as two Golden Globe® Awards, for Best Picture - Drama and Best Director and numerous critics groups awards in the same categories. Spielberg also won another DGA Award and shared a Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) Award with the film’s other producers. That same year, the PGA also presented Spielberg with the prestigious Milestone Award for his historic contribution to the motion picture industry.

He has also earned Academy Award® nominations for Best Director for “Munich,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Additionally, he earned DGA Award nominations for those films, as well as “Jaws” “The Color Purple,” “Empire of the Sun” and “Amistad.” With ten to date, Spielberg has been honored by his peers with more DGA Award nominations than any other director. In 2000, he received the DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Kennedy Center Honors and numerous other career tributes.

Recently, Spielberg directed the 3D animated film “The Adventures of Tintin,” winner of the Golden Globe® for Best Animated Feature Film. He also directed “War Horse,” based on an award-winning novel, which has been adapted into a major stage hit in London and New York, winning the Tony Award® for Broadway’s Best Play. “War Horse” was nominated for six Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. In 2011, he produced the box-office success “Super 8” directed by J.J. Abrams and executive produced the third “Transformers” film directed by Michael Bay, which has grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The next film he will direct after “Lincoln” is a DreamWorks and Fox co-production, “Robopocalypse.” Production will begin in March 2013 for release on April 25, 2014.

Spielberg’s career began with the 1968 short film “Amblin,” which led to him becoming the youngest director ever signed to a long-term studio deal. He directed episodes of such TV shows as “Night Gallery,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and “Columbo,” and gained special attention for his 1971 telefilm “Duel.” Three years later, he made his feature film directorial debut on “The Sugarland Express,” from a screenplay he co-wrote. His next film was “Jaws,” which was the first film to break the $100 million mark.

In 1984, Spielberg formed his own production company, Amblin Entertainment. Under the Amblin banner, he served as producer or executive producer on such hits as “Gremlins,” “Goonies,” “Back to the Future I, II and III,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” “An American Tail,” “Twister,” “The Mask of Zorro” and the “Men in Black” films. In 1994, Spielberg partnered with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen to form the original DreamWorks Studios. The studio enjoyed both critical and commercial successes, including three consecutive Best Picture Academy Award® winners: “American Beauty,” “Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind.” In its history, DreamWorks has also produced or co-produced a wide range of features, including the “Transformers” blockbusters, Clint Eastwood’s World War II dramas “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima,” the latter earning a Best Picture Oscar® nomination, “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers” and “The Ring,” to name only a few. Under the DreamWorks banner, Spielberg also directed such films as “War of the Worlds,” “Minority Report,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

Spielberg has not limited his success to the big screen. He was an executive producer on the long-running Emmy®-winning TV drama “E.R.” produced by his Amblin Entertainment company and Warner Bros. Television for NBC. On the heels of their experience on “Saving Private Ryan,” he and Tom Hanks teamed to executive produce the 2001 HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” based on Stephen Ambrose’s book about a U.S. Army unit in Europe in World War II. Among its many awards, the project won both Emmy® and Golden Globe® Awards for Outstanding Miniseries. He and Hanks more recently reunited to executive produce the acclaimed 2010 HBO miniseries “The Pacific,” this time focusing on the Marines in WWII’s Pacific theatre. “The Pacific” won eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries.

Among the shows Spielberg also executive produced were the Emmy®-winning Sci-Fi Channel miniseries “Taken,” the TNT miniseries “Into the West” and the Showtime series “The United States of Tara.” He is currently an executive producer on TNT’s “Falling Skies” and NBC’s “Smash.”

Apart from his filmmaking work, Spielberg has also devoted his time and resources to many philanthropic causes. The impact of his work on “Schindler’s List,” led him to establish the Righteous Persons Foundation using all his profits from the film. He also founded Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which, in 2005, became the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. In addition, Spielberg is the Chairman Emeritus of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.



From his earliest roles, Academy Award®–winner DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (President Abraham Lincoln) impressed audiences and critics alike, moving easily from a working-class punk in “My Beautiful Laundrette” to a foppish Victorian suitor in Merchant-Ivory’s “A Room with a View.” Together these performances earned him 1986’s New York Film Critics Circle Award as Best Supporting Actor, the first of a string of accolades, including two Academy Awards® for Best Actor, three BAFTA awards for Best Actor and a Golden Globe® for Best Actor. Day-Lewis also won the Screen Actors Guild Award® twice, the New York Critics Award four times and three LA Critics Awards.

Though Day-Lewis has continued to turn in one highly-praised performance after another, it was his role as writer, artist and cerebral palsy sufferer Christy Brown in “My Left Foot” for director Jim Sheridan that won him an Academy Award® for Best Actor. He received his second Academy Award® nomination for “In the Name of the Father,” his second collaboration with Sheridan—the true story of a man unjustly imprisoned for 15 years—and his third for his portrayal of Bill the Butcher, in Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.”  In 2008, Day-Lewis earned his second Academy Award® for Best Actor as oil prospector Daniel Plainview, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood.” His other wide-ranging roles include the early American adventurer Hawkeye in “The Last of the Mohicans,” and the aristocratic Newland Archer in his first collaboration with Martin Scorsese, “The Age of Innocence.”

Born in London (but now an Irish citizen), Day-Lewis was first introduced to acting when he was at school in Kent, England.  His acting debut was in “Cry, The Beloved Country” and his film debut was at the age of 14 in “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” in which he played a vandal in an uncredited role. He later applied and was accepted to the renowned Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years, eventually performing at the Bristol Old Vic itself. In the 1970s and early 1980s, he worked on stage, appearing with the Bristol Old Vic Theater Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theater, turning in notable performances in “Another Country,” “Dracula,” “Futurists” and “Hamlet,” in which he played the title role.

Day-Lewis’ additional film credits include Philip Kaufman’s film version of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” in which he won praise for his memorable performance in the leading role, and the Arthur Miller classic “The Crucible,” in which he portrayed Puritan John Proctor opposite Winona Ryder, directed by Nicholas Hytner.  He joined up with Jim Sheridan once again for the lead role in “The Boxer” and was later seen in Rebecca Miller’s powerful and poetic “The Ballad of Jack and Rose.”  In 2009, Day-Lewis starred in Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of the Broadway Musical hit, “Nine,” opposite Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Kate Hudson.



DAVID OYELOWO (Private Ira Green), a classically trained stage actor who is working successfully and simultaneously in film, television and theater, graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and received the Scholarship for Excellence from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.

Oyelowo stars in several highly anticipated feature films this year. In October, he co-stars opposite Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron in “The Paperboy.” Directed by Lee Daniels, the film follows a journalist and his writing partner (Oyelowo), who return to a small hometown to uncover the truth about a death-row inmate, whom they believe was wrongly convicted. The film premiered to a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival this summer.

He also co-stars in the independent film “The Middle of Nowhere,” which premiered to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The emotionally inspiring film portrays the universal dilemma of how a person maintains oneself as they commit to loving and supporting someone through hardship.

In December, Oyelowo stars alongside Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher.” Based on a book in Lee Child’s crime series, the drama tells the story of a homicide investigator who digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who has shot five random victims.

Oyelowo is currently filming the Lee Daniels’ drama, “The Butler,” alongside Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, John Cusak and Oprah Winfrey and just wrapped production on the British television show “Complicit.”

Additional film credits include the George Lucas produced bio-pic, “Red Tails,” which tells the story of the heroic Tuskegee Airmen who fought in WWII, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” alongside James Franco and Frieda Pinto, the Academy Award®–nominated drama “The Help,” “96 Minutes,” which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, “Default,” a thriller directed by Simon Brand, Kevin MacDonald’s “The Last King of Scotland,” opposite Forest Whittaker and James MacAvoy, “Who Do You Love,” in which he played the iconic Muddy Waters, “A Sound of Thunder” for Warner Bros, “Derailed” for Miramax, “The Best Man” for Redbus and his most challenging screen role to date, the acclaimed BBC2 film “Shoot The Messenger.”

Oyelowo first impressed audiences on the stage when he starred in “The Suppliants” at the Gate Theatre playing King Palasgus, for which he received the Ian Charleson Award commendation. Following this he played the title role of “Henry VI,” becoming the first black actor to play an English king for the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company). The role won him The Ian Charleson Award and an Evening Standard award nomination. Other theatre credits include an acclaimed performance in Richard Bean’s “The God Botherers” at the Bush Theatre and the title role in Aeschylus’ “Prometheus Bound,” which was off-Broadway for which Oyelowo received rave reviews.

Beyond theatre Oyelowo starred in the BAFTA award winning series “Spooks/MI5” playing Danny Hunter. “MI5” also aired in the U.S. on BBC America. Additionally, he won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor and was also nominated for a BAFTA for the same role for his work on “Small Island.” Oyelowo also starred in the BBC1 original television movie “Born Equal” opposite Colin Firth. As well as ABC’s 2008 production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” alongside Sanaa Lathan and Sean “Puffy” Combs.

Oyelowo made his U.S. debut in two HBO productions. First starring in the Kenneth Branagh directed “As You Like It,” in which he played Orlando opposite Bryce Dallas Howard, which aired in August 2006. In October of the same year he was again seen on HBO as the lead in the miniseries “Five Days,” for which he won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his performance. In 2008, Oyelowo starred in the acclaimed adaptation of the Alexander McCall Smith novel “The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency,” directed by the late Anthony Minghella. 



JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (Robert Lincoln) starred in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment in the “Batman” series, which opened on July 20, 2012. He can also be seen in two other films that have opened since then: “Looper,” for which he reunited with his “Brick” director, Rian Johnson, and the action thriller “Premium Rush,” directed by David Koepp. Recently he wrapped his feature film directorial debut, “Don Jon’s Addiction,” from a script he wrote and in which he stars opposite Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.

Gordon-Levitt’s additional film credits include “50/50,” directed by Jonathan Levine and also starring Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard, for which he received a Golden Globe® nomination; Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award®–nominated action-drama “Inception,” also starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotllard and Ellen Page; “Hesher,” directed by Spencer Susser with Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson (Sundance Film Festival 2010); Marc Webb’s “(500) Days of Summer,” also starring Zooey Deschanel, for which he received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award and People’s Choice Award nominations; the global action hit “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” for director Stephen Sommers; Spike Lee’s World War II drama “Miracle at St. Anna”; the controversial drama “Stop-Loss,” in which he starred with Ryan Phillippe under the direction of Kimberly Peirce; and the crime drama “The Lookout,” which marked Scott Frank’s directorial debut.  In addition, Gordon-Levitt has received widespread praise for his performances in such independent features as John Madden’s “Killshot” with Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke; Lee Daniels’ “Shadowboxer”; Rian Johnson’s award-winning debut film, “Brick”; “Mysterious Skin” for writer/director Gregg Araki; and “Manic” with Don Cheadle.

Early in his career, Gordon-Levitt won a Young Artist Award for his first major role in Robert Redford’s drama “A River Runs Through It.”  He went on to co-star in “Angels in the Outfield,” “The Juror,” “Halloween H20” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”

Gordon-Levitt is also well known to television audiences for his starring role on NBC’s award-winning comedy series “3rd Rock From the Sun.”  During his six seasons on the show, he won two YoungStar Awards and also shared in three Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Comedy Series Ensemble.  Following the series, Gordon-Levitt took a short break from acting to attend Columbia University.

Gordon-Levitt founded and directs an open collaborative production company called hitRECord.org comprised of an online community of thousands of artists from all over the world. The company has presented evenings of short film and live entertainment at the Sundance and South by Southwest Film Festivals, toured some of the country’s top colleges, published the “Tiny Book of Tiny Stories” (which was released by Harper Collins in December 2011) and released a DVD/book/CD called RECollection volume 1 last fall. 

A budding writer/director in the more traditional sense, as well, Gordon-Levitt adapted the Elmore Leonard short story “Sparks” into a 24-minute short film that screened at Sundance 2009.



One of the most acclaimed and accomplished actors in Hollywood, Academy Award® winner TOMMY LEE JONES (Thaddeus Stevens) brings a distinct character to his every film.

Jones made his feature film debut in “Love Story” and, in a career spanning four decades, has starred in such films as “Eyes of Laura Mars,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter”—for which he received his first Golden Globe® nomination—“Stormy Monday,” “The Package,” “JFK,” “Under Siege,” “The Fugitive,” “Heaven and Earth,” “The Client,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Blue Sky,” “Cobb,” “Batman Forever,” “Men in Black,” “U.S. Marshalls,” “Double Jeopardy,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Space Cowboys,” 
“Men in Black 2,” “The Hunted,” “The Missing,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “In the Electric Mist,” “The Company Men” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

He was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® for his portrayal of the uncompromising U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box office hit “The Fugitive” in 1994.  For this performance, he also received a Golden Globe Award® as Best Supporting Actor. Three years earlier, Jones had received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone’s “JFK.”

In 2007 Jones starred in the critically acclaimed film “In the Valley of Elah,” for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor and in the same year he starred in the Academy Award®–winning film “No Country for Old Men,” written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and based on the Cormac McCarthy novel. 

This year, Jones reprised his role as Agent K in “Men in Black 3” in May and starred with Meryl Streep in “Hope Springs” in August.

Jones recently completed filming “The Emperor” on location in New Zealand for director Peter Webber. He portrays General Douglas MacArthur. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year. He also recently shot “Malavita” in France for director Luc Besson.

In 1995, Jones made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed telefilm adaptation of the Elmer Kelton novel “The Good Old Boys” for TNT.  Jones also starred in the telefilm with Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Frances McDormand and Matt Damon.  For his portrayal of Hewey Calloway, he received a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination and a CableACE Award nomination.

In 2005, Jones starred in the critically acclaimed film, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which he also directed and produced. The film debuted in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and garnered Jones the award for Best Actor and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga the award for Best Screenplay for this film about friendship and murder along the Texas-Mexican border. 

Jones directed “The Sunset Limited” for HBO. This telefilm, which premiered in February 2011, is based on the play of the same name by Cormac McCarthy and starred Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.

The next film he will direct will be “The Homesman,” which is the story of a pioneer woman and a claim-jumping rascal of a man who usher three insane women on an odyssey from Nebraska to Iowa, braving the elements along the way.

Jones has also had success on the small screen.  In 1983, he won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his portrayal of Gary Gilmore in “The Executioner’s Song” and, in 1989 he was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe® Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for “Lonesome Dove.”

His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in “The Amazing Howard Hughes,” the American Playhouse production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Rainmaker” for HBO, the HBO/BBC production of “Yuri Nosenko, KGB” and “April Morning.”

In 1969, Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne’s “A Patriot for Me.” His other Broadway appearances include “Four on a Garden,” with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar, and “Ulysses in Nighttown,” with the late Zero Mostel.

Born in San Saba, Texas, Jones worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before attending St. Mark’s School of Texas, then Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English.



DAVID STRATHAIRN (William Seward) won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned nominations from the Academy®, Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild®, BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards for his compelling portrait of legendary CBS news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s Oscar®-nominated drama “Good Night, and Good Luck.” He won an Emmy® for Best Supporting Actor in the HBO project, “Temple Grandin” in 2011 and has been nominated again this year for his portrayal of John Dos Passos in HBO’s “Hemingway and Gellhorn.”

His 2005 Independent Spirit nomination was the fourth in a stellar career that dates back to his 1980 motion picture debut in John Sayles’ first film, “The Return of the Secaucus Seven.” Strathairn subsequently collaborated with Sayles on seven titles, winning the IFP honor for his supporting performance in “City of Hope,” while collecting two additional nominations for “Passion Fish” and “Limbo.”          

Strathairn continued a busy screen career with co-starring roles in several critically acclaimed films, including Tim Robbins’ directorial debut, “Bob Roberts”; Penny Marshall’s “A League of Their Own”; “Losing Isaiah”; Sydney Pollack’s “The Firm”; “Sneakers”; Taylor Hackford’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Dolores Claiborne”; and Jodie Foster’s “Home for the Holidays”; as well as two projects with Curtis Hansen:  “The River Wild” and the Oscar®-winning “L.A. Confidential,” in which Strathairn shared a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination with the all-star ensemble cast.  His additional movie credits include “Memphis Belle,” “A Map of the World,” “Simon Birch,” “Lost in Yonkers,” “Missing in America,” Michael Hoffman’s adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Philip Kaufman’s “Twisted,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” directed by Paul Greengrass and “The Tempest,” starring opposite Helen Mirren.

Strathairn will next been seen on Broadway opposite Jessica Chastain in the play “The Heiress.”



Academy Award®–nominated actor HAL HOLBROOK (Preston Blair) was born in Cleveland in 1925, but raised mostly in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. When he was 12 he was sent to Culver Military Academy, where he discovered acting.

In the summer of 1942, he got his first paid professional engagement playing the son in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” at the Cain Park Theatre in Cleveland. That fall, he entered Denison University in Ohio, majoring in theatre under the tutelage of his lifelong mentor, Edward A. Wright.

Holbrook’s famous Mark Twain characterization grew out of an honors project at Denison University. Holbrook and his first wife, Ruby, had constructed a two-person show, playing characters from Shakespeare to Twain. Holbrook’s first solo performance as Mark Twain was at the Lock Haven State Teachers College in Pennsylvania in 1954.

That same year, fortune struck by way of a steady job on a daytime television soap opera, “The Brighter Day,” but the following year Holbrook pursued the Twain character again at night in a Greenwich Village night club while doing the soap daytimes. In seven months at the club he developed his original two hours of material and learned timing. Finally, Ed Sullivan saw him and gave his Twain national television exposure.

In 1959, after five years of researching Mark Twain and honing his material in front of countless audiences in small towns all over America, he opened at a tiny theatre off-Broadway in New York. The show was a stunning success.

Holbrook quit the soap opera and after his show had a 22-week run in New York, he toured the country again, performed for President Eisenhower and at the Edinburgh Festival. The State Department sent him on a tour of Europe, during which he became the first American dramatic attraction to go behind the Iron Curtain following World War II.

Continuing in theater, Holbrook played Hotspur in “Henry IV,” Part I, at the Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut; then Lincoln in “Abe Lincoln in Illinois” off-Broadway. In 1963 he joined the original Lincoln Center Repertory Company in New York appearing in “Marco Millions,” “After the Fall,” “Incident at Vichy” and “Tartuffe.” Starring roles on Broadway came along: “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Apple Tree,” “I Never Sang for My Father,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” with the young Al Pacino.

Meanwhile, he continued to do Mark Twain every year and in 1966, on Broadway, his second New York engagement won him a Tony® Award and a Drama Critics’ Circle Award followed in 1967 by a 90-minute CBS television special of “Mark Twain Tonight!,” which was nominated for an Emmy® Award.

In 1970, after a dozen plays in New York, he was brought to Hollywood to star in a controversial television series, “The Senator,” which won 8 Emmy® Awards. In the 42 years since then Mr. Holbrook has done some 50 television movies and mini-series, been nominated for 12 Emmys and won 5 for “The Senator” (1971), “Pueblo” (1974), Best Actor of the Year (1974), “Sandburg’s Lincoln” (1976), and as host and narrator of “Portrait of America” (1989). He has appeared in two sitcoms: “Designing Women” and “Evening Shade” and has made guest appearances on “West Wing,” the sitcoms “Becker and Hope & Faith,” “The Sopranos,” “NCIS,” “ER,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Event.”

Holbrook’s movie career began with “The Group” in 1966. Since then, moviegoers have seen him in more than 40 films, including “Magnum Force,” “Midway,” “All The President’s Men,” “Capricorn One,” “The Fog,” “Creepshow,” “Wall Street,” “The Firm,” “Men of Honor,” “The Majestic,” “Into the Wild,” for which he received an Academy Award® nomination, “That Evening Sun,” “Flying Lessons” (premiered at the 2010 Santa Barbara Film Festival), “Good Day For It” (premiered at the 2011 Sonoma International Film Festival) and “Water for Elephants.” He recently finished shooting on “Promised Land,” due out at the end of 2012.

Throughout his long career, Holbrook has continued to perform Mark Twain every year, including his third and fourth New York engagements in 1977 and 2005; and a world tour in 1985, the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain’s birth, beginning in London and ending in New Delhi. And he has constantly returned to the stage: in New York (“Buried Inside Extra,” 1983; “The Country Girl,” 1984; “King Lear” 1990; “An American Daughter,” (1997); at regional theatres (“Our Town,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Merchant of Venice,” “King Lear,” “Be My Baby,” “Southern Comforts” (the last two with his wife Dixie Carter) and a National Tour of “Death of a Salesman.”

Holbrook has received Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degrees from Ohio State and the University of Hartford, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Ursinus College, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Elmira College and Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees from Kenyon and his alma mater, Denison University. In 1996 he received the Edwin Booth Award; in 1998 the William Shakespeare Award from The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC; in 2000 he was inducted into the New York Theatre Hall of Fame; in 2003 received the National Humanities Medal from the president; and in 2010 a medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In September 2011, “Harold,” the first of two volumes of Holbrook’s memoirs was published. He continues to work on the second volume, covering the years since “Harold” ended.

He lives in Los Angeles and Tennessee, and with his late wife, actress/singer Dixie Carter, has five children.



JOHN HAWKES (Robert Latham) has been working nonstop since his critically acclaimed performance as Teardrop in “Winter’s Bone.” The role, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award win and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor, along with nominations from the Screen Actors Guild® and several film critic groups, also garnered him the Virtuoso Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Next up for release is “The Sessions” (formerly “The Surrogate”), which won the Audience Award at Sundance. He’s also completed production on “Arcadia” and “The Playroom.” Recent releases include “Higher Ground” with Vera Farmiga, Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” and the Sundance hit “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” for which Hawkes received an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Hawkes previously starred in “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. It shared Camera d’Or honors and won the Critics Week sidebar at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and received two 2006 Independent Spirit Awards nominations. He also starred in and co-produced the independent film, “Buttleman,” for which he received a Breakout Performance Award at the 2004 Sedona Film Festival. Additional credits include “American Gangster,” “Miami Vice,” “Identity,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Hardball,” “Wristcutters: A Love Story,” “The Amateurs,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “A Slipping-Down Life.”

On television, Hawkes has starred in two acclaimed series for HBO. He portrayed Sol Star in the critically lauded drama “Deadwood” and now plays Danny McBride’s brother Dustin in the comedy “Eastbound and Down.”

Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas, where he began his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions theater company and appeared in the group’s original play, “In the West” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He also starred in the national touring company production of the play “Greater Tuna,” including extended engagements in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Hawkes wrote and performed the solo play “Nimrod Soul” at the Theatre at the Improv and appeared on Broadway in the “24 Hour Plays” alongside Sam Rockwell.

Hawkes has penned several songs featured in films and television shows. His song “Bred and Buttered” appears on the “Winter’s Bone” soundtrack. With his band King Straggler, he performed at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Music Festival and numerous clubs across the U.S. He is currently writing and recording a new full length CD due for release in 2012.



An actor with a taste for extremes, JAMES SPADER (W.N. Bilbo) has forged a career built upon exploring the darker side of human nature. He attracted the attention of television critics and audiences alike with his portrayal of the ethically challenged attorney, Alan Shore, on ABC’s long-running “The Practice.” For the role, he won back-to-back Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2004 and 2005 for “The Practice” and “Boston Legal” respectively—unprecedented in Emmy history. He also garnered a third win in 2007 for “Boston Legal.”

Recently, Spader was seen again on television on NBC’s hit comedy series “The Office,” starring as Robert California.

Spader appeared alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in the critically-acclaimed film, “Secretary.” Directed by Steven Shainberg and based on Mary Gaitskills’ novella, “Bad Behavior,” “Secretary” is a richly imaginative and unique love story about two people who discover that the most delectable pleasures can be found between the hours of 9:00 and 5:00. The Lions Gate Films release won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Originality. Spader also starred in John McNaughton’s “Speaking of Sex,” in which he plays a depression expert, one of the many people who attempt to solve a couple’s marital problems. Produced by Canal Plus, “Speaking of Sex” co-stars Bill Murray and Catherine O’Hara.

Working opposite Albert Brooks, Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft and Jeffrey Wright in Sidney Lumet’s “Critical Care”—a satire of modern medical care—Spader portrayed a libidinous second-year resident involved with the hypocrisy and greed at the heart of the hospital system. And in one of his more controversial roles, Spader starred in David Cronenberg’s “Crash,” in which, following a car accident, his character finds himself awakened by a sudden mix of violence and sexuality in his life. Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s cult classic novel, “Crash” received the Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. The film co-starred Holly Hunter.

Spader’s additional film credits include John Herzfeld’s “2 Days in the Valley,” opposite Charlize Theron; the smash-hit “Stargate,” with Kurt Russell; Mike Nichols’ “Wolf,” with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer; Luis Mandoki’s “White Palace,” opposite Susan Sarandon; “The Music of Chance,” with Mandy Patinkin; Tim Robbins’ political satire, “Bob Roberts”; “True Colors”; “Bad Influence”; and Steven Soderbergh’s “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” for which he won the coveted Best Actor Award at The Cannes Film Festival in 1989. He also co-starred in Robert Rodriguez’s film “Shorts” and in David Mamet’s play “Race” on Broadway.



SALLY FIELD (Mary Todd Lincoln) is a two-time Academy Award® winner for performances in Robert Benton’s “Places in the Heart,” for which she also received a Golden Globe®, and Martin Ritt’s “Norma Rae,” for which she received a Golden Globe, along with the New York Film Critics prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Absence of Malice,” “Kiss Me Goodbye,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Forrest Gump.” Her many film credits include “An Eye for An Eye,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Soapdish,” “Not Without My Daughter,” “The End,” “Hooper,” “Stay Hungry” (her first major film role), as well as “Punchline” and “Murphy’s Romance,” both of which were produced by her production company, Fogwood Films.

Born in Pasadena, California, and raised in a show-business family, Field began her career in 1964 in the television series “Gidget.” She went on to star in the “The Flying Nun” in 1967. She starred in three television series by the age of twenty-five. She received Emmy® Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries “Sybil” and for her performance on “ER.” She also received Emmy nominations for her role in Showtime’s “A Cooler Climate” and the NBC miniseries “A Woman of Independent Means,” which she co-produced and for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination. Field co-starred in the ABC series drama “Brothers & Sisters” from 2006 to 2011 and for her role as Nora Walker, Field received a Screen Actors Guild Award® and an Emmy Award as well as two Golden Globe nominations.

Field made her directorial debut in 1996 with the ABC telefilm “The Christmas Tree,” which she co-wrote and which starred Julie Harris. She directed an episode of the HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” and in 2000 made her feature film directorial debut with “Beautiful,” starring Minnie Driver.

In 2002, Field made her Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s “The Goat” and in 2004, received rave reviews for her role as Amanda in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” at The Kennedy Center.

Field appeared as Aunt May in “The Amazing Spiderman,” which opened in July of this year.

Ms. Field has served on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices since 2002. She has served as Mistress of Ceremony at Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards gala held at The Kennedy Center from 2002 through 20011. She also served on the Board of Directors of The Sundance Institute from 1995 to 2010.

Sally has three sons and four grandchildren.



JACKIE EARLE HALEY’s (Alexander Stephens) career should be an inspiration for any former child star or aspiring actor. As a teenager Haley left an indelible impression with his generation when he played Kelly Leak, a motorcycle riding, home-run-hitting hellion in Michael Ritchie’s Little League comedy hit “The Bad News Bears” and two sequels. Peter Yates then cast him to play Moocher in the Academy Award-winning sleeper “Breaking Away.”

Like so many child stars, Haley’s transition to adult actor proved elusive. After disappearing from screens for some 15 years, his spectacular return in 2006—as sex-offender Ronnie McGorvey in Todd Field’s impeccably directed film, “Little Children”—earned him numerous accolades, including an Academy Award® nomination and the coveted New York Film Critics Circle Award.

Steve Zaillian and Sean Penn then cast him as Sugar Boy in the film based on Robert Penn Warren’s novel “All the King’s Men.”

Martin Scorsese cast him in his mind-bending thriller “Shutter Island,” playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the pivotal role of insane asylum patient George Noyce. In Will Ferrell’s comedy “Semi-Pro,” Haley played Dukes, the long-haired basketball fanatic and big-time stoner.  And surprisingly, he also had the fortune to do a vaudevillian/Chaplinesque performance in the silent film “Louis,” directed by Dan Pritzker and with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond capturing the period beautifully.

When Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” introduced Haley to the critical and discerning world of Comic-Con, he won them over playing a character that fanboys held very near and dear to their hearts: the iconic Rorschach. He also did two seasons on Fox’s comic-based series “Human Target,” where Haley’s character, Guerrero, was a fan favorite. And taking on yet another genre, Haley played the infamously terrifying Freddy Krueger in Sam Bayer’s 2010 reimagining of the horror classic “A Nightmare On Elm Street.”

Most recently, Tim Burton chose Haley to play Willie Loomis, drunken servant to Johnny Depp’s legendary Barnabas Collins, in “Dark Shadows,” which is based on the popular late ’60s soap opera of the same name.



Excited for "Lincoln" but want to learn more about one of America's greatest Presidents? Gain a deeper insight into Abraham Lincoln's years before and during his presidency when you take a look at these recommended books. Read about his life and history from some of the foremost experts on the subject.

List of books:


A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this deeply original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, did a Q&A with the New York Times.  She gave a big plug to Team of Rivals. Here’s the quote:

What was the last truly great book you read?

Team of Rivals,”  by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I lived in it the way that you do with truly great books; putting it down with glazed eyes and feeling disconcerted to find yourself in the 21st century. I met the author at a reception in the American Embassy in London last year, and I was so excited that I was bobbing up and down on the spot like a 5-year-old.

You can read the full Q&A here.


A President for the Ages

Essays from leading writers and scholars that offer fresh insights into the complex legacy of America’s most fascinating icon.


Lincoln: A Cinematic and Historical Companion

In Lincoln: A Cinematic and Historical Companion, art, narrative, and first-person recollection combine to present a detailed portrait of both the making of the film and the actual historical events upon which the film’s story is based. With forewords by Spielberg and producing partner Kathleen Kennedy, and an afterword by Kushner, this richly illustrated volume introduces the many characters who, in addition to Lincoln, played an important role in the events.


How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America

A Companion Book for Young Readers.



Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Music by John Williams

Album tracklist:
  1. The People's House
  2. The Purpose of the Amendment
  3. Getting Out the Vote
  4. The American Process
  5. The Blue and Grey
  6. "With Malice Toward None"
  7. Call to Muster and Battle Cry Of Freedom
  8. The Southern Delegation and the Dream
  9. Father and Son
  10. The Race to the House
  11. Equality Under the Law John
  12. Freedom's Call
  13. Elegy
  14. Remembering Willie
  15. Appomattox, April 9, 1865 John
  16. The Peterson House and Finale John
  17. "With Malice Toward None" (Piano Solo)
  18. The Death of Topthorn
  19. No Man’s Land
  20. The Reunion
  21. Remembering Emilie, and Finale
  22. The Homecoming

John Williams

In a career spanning five decades, JOHN WILLIAMS (Composer) has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, and he remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.

He has composed the music and served as music director for more than one hundred films, including all six “Star Wars” films, the first three “Harry Potter” films, “Superman,” “JFK,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Far and Away,” “The Accidental Tourist” and “Home Alone.”

Williams’ 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including “Schindler’s List,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the “Indiana Jones” films, “Munich,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Adventures of Tintin” and “War Horse.”

His contributions to television music include scores for more than 200 television films for the groundbreaking, early anthology series “Alcoa Theatre,” “Kraft Television Theatre,” “Chrysler Theatre” and “Playhouse 90,” as well as themes for “NBC Nightly News” (“The Mission”), “NBC’s Meet the Press” and the PBS arts showcase “Great Performances.” He also composed themes for the 1984, 1988 and 1996 “Summer Olympic Games” and the 2002 “Winter Olympic Games.” He has received five Academy Awards® and forty-seven Oscar® nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars. He has received seven British Academy Awards (BAFTA), twenty-one Grammys®, four Golden Globes®, five Emmys® and numerous gold and platinum records. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. He received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in December of 2004, and he received the 2009 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. government.

In January 1980, Williams was named nineteenth music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding the legendary Arthur Fiedler. He currently holds the title of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor, which he assumed following his retirement in December, 1993, after fourteen highly successful seasons. He also holds the title of Artist-in-Residence at Tanglewood. Mr. Williams has composed numerous works for the concert stage, among them two symphonies, and concertos commissioned by several of the world’s leading orchestras, including a cello concerto for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a bassoon concerto for the New York Philharmonic, a trumpet concerto for The Cleveland Orchestra, and a horn concerto for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2009, Williams composed and arranged “Air and Simple Gifts” especially for the inaugural ceremony of President Barack Obama, and in September 2009, the Boston Symphony premiered a new concerto for harp and orchestra entitled “On Willows and Birches.”




Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Production Design


Golden Globes

Best Actor - Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis


SAG Awards

Outstanding Performance by a
Male Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis
Outstanding Performance by a
Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Tommy Lee Jones


Producers Guild Awards

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for
Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg


Writers Guild Awards

Best Adapted Screenplay
Tony Kushner


Directors Guild Awards

DGA Award
Steven Spielberg


A.C.E. Eddie Awards/American Cinema Editors

Best Edited Film (Dramatic)


ADG Awards/ Art Directors Guild

Excellence in Production Design for a Feature Film (Period Film)


BAFTA Film Awards

Best Film
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field
Best Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones
Best Adapted Screenplay
Tony Kushner
Best Leading Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Original Music
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Make Up and Hair