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Steven Spielberg to receive Lincoln Leadership Prize

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Jan 28, 2014 | 11:15am EST

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to receive the Lincoln Leadership Prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation in March (14). Actress Sally Field, the director's leading lady in Lincoln, will present him with the award, which is given to individuals who work to promote the values of the 16th U.S. President, on 19 March (14) in Chicago, Illinois. Spielberg says, "This is an extraordinary honour. For me, Lincoln's unprecedented commitment to the cause of democracy is one of the most important examples of leadership our nation has ever seen. I am humbled to receive an award that embodies both his legacy and the profound contributions he made to this country." Spielberg's 2012 Abraham Lincoln biopic scored 12 Academy Awards nominations and picked up two Oscars, including Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrayed the President. Previous recipients of the Lincoln Leadership Prize include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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