Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) cited Oscar-winning films "Django Unchained" and "Lincoln" during a ceremony unveiling the statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.
"Two of the best motion pictures this year were nominated for Academy Awards," Reid said. "‘Lincoln' and ‘Django Unchained' offered cinematic treatments of the legacy of our nation's darkest institution, slavery. One film presents an unvarnished view of the evils of slavery. The other depicts our difficult journey to end slavery. It's significant that 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, we're still considering in film, in photo, in art and activism how to eradicate slavery's unsavory successors, racism and inequality."
Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is about a slave-turned-bounty hunter who goes on a violent journey through the antebellum South in order to rescue his wife from a sadistic plantation owner. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" depicts President Lincoln's efforts to pass the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.