Kenyon’s illustrious acting department has birthed such legends as Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman and Emmy Award-winning actress Allison Janney. However, in this season’s Oscar race, it is not an acting department that’s generating buzz, but one of our political alumni. That’s right folks, in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, our very own Edwin M. Stanton gets his moment in the spotlight! Read on for more information about old Edwin and his portrayal in the movie.
- Alumni Name: Edwin M. Stanton
- You May Know Him As: Lincoln’s Secretary of War–the guy whose possible removal sparked the Johnson impeachment trial
- Portrayed By: Bruce McGill
- You May Know Him As: D-Day in National Lampoon’s Animal House
- Breakout Moment: We all know that Tommy Lee Jones has gotten great reviews for his portrayal of Radical Republican leader Thaddeus Stevens, but it seems that the Academy has forgotten the real shining supporting actor of the film. For example, as tensions run high, Stanton is in a telegraph room, sending directions to the army on what they should be doing. Good old Honest Abe comes down to see what’s going on in the field, and settles in for a nice story. Stanton, however, having sat through one too many off-topic lectures by Professor Scott (because Professor Scott has been here since the 1830s, right…?) yells, “You’re going to tell one of your stories! I can’t stand to hear another one of your stories!” and walks away, flustered, like any mature, Kenyon-educated person would.
- Where you can see it: Lincoln, having racked up more Academy Award nominations than any other movie this year, can still be seen in most theaters. The Premiere Movie Theater in Mt. Vernon has three showings today. Lincoln will be released on DVD and Bluray on March 23, 2013. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be camped out at Walmart to make sure that you get your copy before they sell out.