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With votes due in just a couple of days, Oscar campaigning is nearly over, and the last few weeks have seen a fair bit of mudslinging. "Django Unchained" has been accused of playing fast and loose with the "n-word," Kathryn Bigelow is a torture-loving patriot, Tom Hooper is too in love with his fish-eye lens and every single movie is too long. Drag out an Oscar contender, and you can find some dirt on it. But Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has largely gone by unscathed, except perhaps for some folks finding it too talky or stuffy. But leave it Samuel L. Jackson to throw some barbs at the movie. Now, spoilers ahead for those of you who still haven't seen the movie, but essentially, Spielberg's film -- which mostly concerns itself with the political intrigue behind Lincoln's bid to end slavery -- ends with the President's off-camera assassination and death. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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