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Daniel Day-Lewis: extraordinary man of many parts | profile

The man, often hailed as the greatest screen actor of his generation, is famous – some say notorious – for his obsessive attention to detail in building character. His latest role, playing Abraham Lincoln, is no exception

Thick mud and blood mingle in the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg's latest film, Lincoln. In a brutal demonstration of what happens when politics fails, bodies pile up across a boggy battlefield. The rest of the film, also full of dark and muddy tones, looks steadily at how politicians might end or prolong such a grim civil war. And at the heart of the matter, trying to abolish slavery and adorned with a representation of one of the most famous beards of all time, stands Daniel Day-Lewis.

In playing the revered 16th president of the United States, the 55-year old actor adds to the series of New World archetypes he has tackled on screen.
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"Up" Receives Animation's Highest Honor!

"Up" from Disney/Pixar won the top honor at the 37th Annual Annie Awards. The fantastic film received the Best Animated Feature Award beating out "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Princess and the Frog," and "The Secret of Kells."

(Check my interview with Annie Award-winner Pete Docter for "Up" held at Pixar Animation Studios right here)

Walt Disney Animation took home six other Annies including three for "The Princess and the Frog" and three for its television production "Prep and Landing."

Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards is considered the highest and most prestigious honor given in animation by the animation industry.

The Annie Awards is also a great predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. So yes, "Up" will win that category at the Oscars!

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of
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"Up," "Coraline" Top 2009 Annie Award Nominees

The International Animated Film Society has announced the 2009 Annie Award nominations! "Up" and "Coraline" led the pack in the film categories.

Award recipients will claim their trophies at the 37th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2010 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.

Here's the list of nominees of the 37th Annual Annie Awards:

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature

* Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs . Sony Pictures Animation

* Coraline . Laika

* Fantastic Mr. Fox . 20th Century Fox

* The Princess and the Frog . Walt Disney Animation Studios

* The Secret of Kells . Cartoon Saloon

* Up . Pixar Animation Studios

Best Home Entertainment Production

* Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas . Universal Animation Studios

* Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder . The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

* Green Latern: First Flight . Warner Bros. Animation

* Open Season 2 . Sony Pictures Animation

* SpongeBob vs. The Big One . Nickelodeon

Best Animated Short Subject
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