Sally Field, Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis at the screening.

Steven Spielberg led cast, crew, and special guests at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, in Hollywood at the closing night Gala screening of his new motion picture “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office.

At a separate screening at the Ziegfeld Theatre Wed. (Nov 14) in New York City, Anne Hathaway, who turned 30 last week, was joined by Spielberg and stars, Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis.

The screening was also attended by Kellan Lutz, Chloe Sevigny and Patrick Wilson.

Lincoln Gala Screening at AFI Fest

At this year’s AFI Fest, Spielberg screened “Lincoln” to a capacity crowd. “What we wanted to do, more than anything else, is see Lincoln. Not to worship him, but to understand him close-up,” the 65-year-old director said, during the introduction.

Before the film, Spielberg, screenwriter Tony Kushner, Day-Lewis and most of the movie’s cast and crew attended a cocktail reception at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel across the street.

The film stars Day-Lewis, Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones.

“Lincoln” is produced by Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, released in limited U.S. theaters on Nov. 9. The film will go into wider release today (Nov. 16).

Check out the photos from the gala, the video below and select photos from the film.