Roundup: Why Abe isn't gay (or straight) in 'Lincoln'
Was Abraham Lincoln secretly gay or bisexual? Playwright and "Lincoln" co-writer Tony Kushner believes there's ample reason to speculate that he may have been, but you won't find any such suggestions in Steven Spielberg's recently-released film. Why? Because matters of sexuality have no place in this particular strand from Honest Abe's political career, says Kushner. "I wanted to write about a very specific moment and I chose this moment and I don't feel that there was any evidence at this particular moment that Lincoln was having sex with anybody," he tells Tom O'Neil. "I don't say in my movie whether the Lincoln character was gay or straight. You can ask Daniel (Day-Lewis) what he was playing, but it did not seem to me a thing to make a movie about now." [Gold Derby]
While previous winner Kathryn Bigelow looks to be the only female director in the main Oscar hunt this year, Alissa Simon notes, more encouragingly, that 11 women are in the race for the foreign-language Oscar. [Variety]
Nathaniel Rogers and friends talk Oscars, "Lincoln," "Flight," "Holy Motors" and even Jodie Foster. Love these podcasts. [The Film Experience]
R. Kurt Osenlund weighs up the Oscar prospects of "Lincoln," concluding that the film is the clear Best Picture frontrunner. I can't say I agree. [Slant]