Don't listen to the naysayers folks - this is it. This is the essence of cinema. That unknown mysterious thing that once in while comes together that makes cinema so complelling. Lincoln: no greater subject. He transcends almost all historical figures. And Spielberg's genius to limit the movie's subject to one facet of his amazing life: how the 13th amendment was passed. And the genius of Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field is beyond words. Oscars both. And script, costumes, and who knows what else. Sorry Les Mis. Read Team of Rivals, go see the movie, and then read the book again.