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Oscars favourites put spotlight on US history

Published on Jan 11, 2013 5:53 AM
This undated publicity image released by The Weinstein Company shows (from left) Christoph Waltz as Schultz and Jamie Foxx as Django in the film Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino. -- PHOTO : AP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Do you want a United States (US) history lesson? Look no further than the frontrunners for the best film Academy Award, announced on Thursday.

Nearly half the movies nominated for best picture Oscar are about key events in America's past, from the abolition of slavery to the post 9/11 hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Steven Spielberg's drama Lincoln could also offer a lesson to current US politicians, as the 16th US president schemed to get bipartisan support in Congress.

Slavery and the American Civil War era also provide the backdrop for Quentin Tarantino's latest blood-fest Django Unchained, about a slave-turned-bounty hunter seeking to free his wife from Leonardo DiCaprio's clutches.

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