It was released today, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, by show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron that Daniel Day-Lewis, last year's Oscar winner for Best Performance by a leading actor for "Lincoln," will be presenting at this year's Oscars. This really doesn't come as much of a surprise since it is tradition that the winners from the previous year often present the following year. In this case, Lewis is most likely set to present the Oscar for the Best Performance by a Leading Actress - of which could be Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena") or Amy Adams ("American Hustle").
Daniel Day-Lewis is the winner of three Academy Awards during his career. His first Oscar was awarded to him in 1990 for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his stellar performance in "My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown." He was nominated for an Oscar in 1994 for his performance in "In the Name of the Father" and again in 2003 for his work in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York." His second Oscar win came in 2008 for his performance in the Paul Thomas Anderson film "There Will Be Blood." And just last year, Lewis was honored with his third Oscar for "Lincoln." Lewis is tied with Walter Brennan and Jack Nicholson for winning the most Oscars for a male actor. If Lewis wins another Oscar in his career, he will lead the number of Oscars won by a male actor and tie with Katharine Hepburn, with whom has the greatest number of wins for any actor, male or female.
The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014, and will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The night will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres live on ABC and will be televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com