Magazine article Variety

Int'l Filmmaker of the Year

Magazine article Variety

Int'l Filmmaker of the Year

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Carlos Saldanha

Rio 2 helmer keeps accruing kudos

"Fm not the greatest Brazilian role model. I don't play soccer very well. I don't dance samba well but I do have some rhythm in me," says Carlos Saldanha with a chuckle.

The 46-year-old Rio de Janeiro native has done something right, though, because the CinemaCon Inti. Filmmaker of the Year honor is just one of the many accolades the director is getting this year.

On March 21, he was feted as part of the inaugural class for the Miami Walk of Fame, which seeks to replicate the historic Hollywood landmark in downtown Miami. "Being able to make it in America as a foreigner is a dream come true."

Saldanha, who is such an animation junkie he says he can't live without emojis, reached box office success with the "Ice Age" franchise and "Rio," and returns with "Rio 2. …

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