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Spielberg's Lincoln biopic and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty may have been held back until after the votes are counted, but do Us voters ever allow themselves to be swayed by what they see at the cinema?

Two movies scheduled for release in the Us on 26 December – a traditional slot for hot Oscar contenders – may make poignant viewing for the political classes. They are Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, a dramatisation of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, a biopic of the 16th president.

If, during that holiday season, Barack Obama is preparing to begin his second term, the films will make pleasant chat at inauguration parties and help to burnish his legend. The Obama administration co-operated with Bigelow in the making of her film – there are allegations that the Pentagon released classified material to the director – while Spielberg, an Obama supporter, »

- Mark Lawson

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