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American actor Jackie Earle Haley played a rebellious Little Leaguer in the The Bad New Bears movies of the 1970s, and has since starred in films like A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) and Lincoln (2012).
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Haley described his reaction to the nomination news to the Hollywood Reporter, saying the announcement gave him "pure unbelievable joy."
While he didn't win the Academy Award, Haley has seen this acclaim help him launch a new phase in his career. He has tackled both comedy and drama,
appearing in the Will Farrell sports spoof Semi-Pro (2008) and Martin Scorsese's thriller Shutter Island (2010) with Leonardo DiCaprio. Haley has even brought a comic book character to live in Watchmen (2009), based on the series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. In 2010, Haley took on another famous fictional figure, this time the legendary horror icon Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street. He also tried his hand at series television with the short-lived Human Target with Mark Valley and Chi McBride.
Back on the big screen, Haley was cast in two major 2012 films. He worked with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows, a vampire comedy based on the cult television show of the same name. Turning to more dramatic fare, Haley went on to land a supporting role in the Steven Spielberg-directed presidential biopic Lincoln (2012), starring Daniel Day-Lewis. In the film, he plays Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Haley has also signed on for a remake of Robocop (2014), starring Joel Kinnaman.
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