Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" to be screened for U.S. Senate

Steven Spielberg (right, with Daniel Day-Lewis) spent more than 10 years researching his film about the 16th president. "I've always wanted to tell a story about Lincoln. I saw a paternal father figure, someone who was completely, stubbornly committed to his ideals, his vision," he told CBS News' Lesley Stahl. "I think the film is very relevant for today. It's about leadership."
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Members of the U.S. Senate will soon get to sit in on a special screening of "Lincoln."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sent out an invite on Thursday to Senate members for the upcoming event, set to take place Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. The Hollywood Reporter posted a copy of the invite to the Steven Spielberg film here.

"Lincoln has captivated audiences across the nation and received outstanding reviews," the letter explained. "Based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's widely acclaimed book, 'Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,' the film depicts the good which is attainable when public servants put the betterment of the country ahead of short-term political interests. We believe that viewing this film would provide all senators with a positive opportunity to gather and reflect during this holiday season."

Snacks are expected to be provided before the film, and afterwards, Senate members will be in for a treat -- Spielberg, the film's star, Daniel Day-Lewis," screenwriter Tony Kushner and Goodwin will do a Q&A session.

This isn't the first time "Lincoln" has been screened for politicians in Washington. Last month, the White House held a special viewing for President Barack Obama.

"Lincoln" also stars Sally Field, Gloria Reuben and Tommy Lee Jones.