Hotly tipped as one of the films of the year, Lincoln is racking up award nominations from everywhere and this week as the award ceremonies for the year began, its winning streak started when Daniel Day Lewis scoped the Best Actor Award at the Golden Globes for his role as Abraham Lincoln.
No stranger to winning awards, Day-Lewis won an Oscar for his role in My Left Foot and has also made the short list of Best Actor Oscar Nominees this year for his role in Lincoln. However aside from this Hollywood lifestyle, Daniel Day Lewis is also the proud patron of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation, a role he has had since 2009, following the death of his mother who had received care in a similar hospital in the UK after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
As part of his work for the charity, Day-Lewis has arranged for valuable memorabilia from the movie Lincoln to be auctioned off for charity at its only European Premiere, taking place in Dublin on Sunday 20th January. Day-Lewis and other Hollywood greats involved in the film including directing legend Steven Spielberg have donated a number of props from the film, which is relatively unheard of and which has stirred the interest of American and worldwide collectors who have joined the race to take ownership of them.
It is said the items were made available by Spielberg as a favour to his close friend Day-Lewis and the memorabilia that was donated includes Lincoln’s handmade knife, white gloves and miniature soldiers from the production, all of which will be auctioned off to raise funds towards building a Hospice facility in County Wicklow, where Daniel Day Lewis lives when not filming.
Day-Lewis, Spielberg and a host of other celebrities, including Irish stars and high profile figures such as Ireland‘s President Michael D Higgins will attend the premiere at the Savoy Cinema and the subsequent star-studded gala ball at the Burlington Hotel after to raise funds when the auction off the historic biopic set will take place.
The sold-out spectacular banquet is the hottest ticket in town this weekend and it is hoped that the auction will raise funds to enable the Wicklow Hospice Foundation charity to begin building its new facility in June.