Daniel Day-Lewis, documentary ‘Bully’ to be honored

Daniel Day-Lewis, currently starring in "Lincoln," will be honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis and the acclaimed documentary “Bully” will be receiving special awards in January.

Day-Lewis, who is currently starring as the 16th president in Steven Spielberg’s epic “Lincoln,” is the recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Montecito Award. The honor recognizes a performer who has given a number of memorable performances throughout their career. Previous recipients include Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem and Naomi Watts.

“Daniel Day-Lewis continues to inspire the industry and the public by his approach to tackling the most complex of characters and delivering brilliant performances time after time,” said festival executive director Roger Durling in a statement Tuesday morning.


The Day-Lewis tribute takes place Jan. 26 at the Arlington Theater. The 28th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs from Jan. 24 through Feb. 3.

Meanwhile, the Producers Guild of America announced Tuesday that the acclaimed documentary “Bully” will receive the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award at its 24th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The film’s producer, Cynthia Lowen, will accept the honor.

The Stanley Kramer Award, named after the legendary director-producer of such films as 1958’s “The Defiant Ones” and 1961’s “Judgment at Nuremberg,” was created in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual who has raised the public’s awareness of important social issues.

Previous films receiving the award include “The Great Debaters,” “Precious” and “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

“‘Bully’ is a powerful and inspiring film that brought much needed-attention to an issue that just about everyone can relate to at one point or another in their life,” said awards chair Michael De Luca in a statement Tuesday.

“‘Bully’ sparked a movement, sparked a shift in consciousness and rallied people of all ages to stand up against intolerance and hate.”

For the record, 4:00 p.m. Dec. 19: An earlier version of this article said that the Producers Guild of America’s 24th annual awards ceremony was on Jan. 25. It will be held on Jan. 26.


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