You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Big names tout kudos pics

Obama, Clinton, Carter and more endorse pics this Oscar season

Politicians scramble to earn celebrity endorsements, but the situation is reversed this Oscar season, as Hollywood seeks the nod from the political elite. If they weren’t blatantly saying “go see this film,” they have helped elevate the profile of projects as more than just a typical movie.

“Lincoln”

Stamp of Approval:
President Obama
The president held a screening at the White House, and then invited Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner to dinner at the private family quarters.

Stamp of Approval:
Bill Clinton
The former president appeared at the Golden Globe awards to sing the movie’s praises for its depiction of the sausage-making that goes into the legislative process.

Stamp of Approval:
Harry Reid
The Senate Majority Leader screened “Lincoln” on Capitol Hill, with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also lending his name to the event and giving it some bipartisan cred.

“Argo”

Stamp of Approval:
Jimmy Carter
The former president’s voice is heard at the movie’s end, but he also appeared in a Warner Bros. featurette where he talks about approving the rescue mission.

“Silver Linings Playbook”

Stamp of Approval:
Joseph Biden
With the issue of access to mental health care in the news, the vice president met on Thursday with star Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell.

“Zero Dark Thirty”

Stamp of Approval:
Leon Panetta
In an interview with AFP, the Secretary of Defense called the pic “a good movie,” countering critics on Capitol Hill who have challenged its depiction of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. He also seemed to approve of the casting of the man who played him, James Gandolfini. “You know, I’m glad that it was an Italian.”

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” & “Life of Pi”

Stamp of Approval:
President Obama
Asked by People which movies he’d see again, Obama listed these two, along with “Argo.”

More Film

  • Mipcom: Sidse Babett Knudsen on her

    Mipcom: Sidse Babett Knudsen on her Conversion to TV Drama

    Politicians scramble to earn celebrity endorsements, but the situation is reversed this Oscar season, as Hollywood seeks the nod from the political elite. If they weren’t blatantly saying “go see this film,” they have helped elevate the profile of projects as more than just a typical movie. “Lincoln” Related Miles Leonard Leaving Parlophone, Mark Mitchell […]

  • Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The

    Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The Call Back’

    Politicians scramble to earn celebrity endorsements, but the situation is reversed this Oscar season, as Hollywood seeks the nod from the political elite. If they weren’t blatantly saying “go see this film,” they have helped elevate the profile of projects as more than just a typical movie. “Lincoln” Related Miles Leonard Leaving Parlophone, Mark Mitchell […]

  • Abbas Kiarostami

    APSA to Honor Late Abbas Kiarostami, Newcomer Ilgar Najaf

    Politicians scramble to earn celebrity endorsements, but the situation is reversed this Oscar season, as Hollywood seeks the nod from the political elite. If they weren’t blatantly saying “go see this film,” they have helped elevate the profile of projects as more than just a typical movie. “Lincoln” Related Miles Leonard Leaving Parlophone, Mark Mitchell […]

  • village rockstars TIFF

    Village Rockstars,' ‘Summer 1993’ win Mumbai Film Festival

    Politicians scramble to earn celebrity endorsements, but the situation is reversed this Oscar season, as Hollywood seeks the nod from the political elite. If they weren’t blatantly saying “go see this film,” they have helped elevate the profile of projects as more than just a typical movie. “Lincoln” Related Miles Leonard Leaving Parlophone, Mark Mitchell […]

  • Vivien Leigh

    Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From 'Feud: Bette and Joan' Writers (EXCLUSIVE)

    Politicians scramble to earn celebrity endorsements, but the situation is reversed this Oscar season, as Hollywood seeks the nod from the political elite. If they weren’t blatantly saying “go see this film,” they have helped elevate the profile of projects as more than just a typical movie. “Lincoln” Related Miles Leonard Leaving Parlophone, Mark Mitchell […]

  • Bill Nighy

    Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy 'Made in Italy'

    Politicians scramble to earn celebrity endorsements, but the situation is reversed this Oscar season, as Hollywood seeks the nod from the political elite. If they weren’t blatantly saying “go see this film,” they have helped elevate the profile of projects as more than just a typical movie. “Lincoln” Related Miles Leonard Leaving Parlophone, Mark Mitchell […]

  • Busan: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing

    Busan: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing Motherhood and Filmmaking

    Politicians scramble to earn celebrity endorsements, but the situation is reversed this Oscar season, as Hollywood seeks the nod from the political elite. If they weren’t blatantly saying “go see this film,” they have helped elevate the profile of projects as more than just a typical movie. “Lincoln” Related Miles Leonard Leaving Parlophone, Mark Mitchell […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content