Going into the 85th Annual Academy Awards show which aired Sunday, Feb. 24, Daniel Day-Lewis was the odds on favorite to take home the man of gold for his standout performance in the title role of ”Lincoln.” Doing so would make him the first actor to win the Best Actor award three times. Tonight, he made history.
In his humorous acceptance speech, Day-Lewis joked that presenter and last year’s Best Actress winner Meryl Streep was really Steven Spielberg’s first choice to play Lincoln and that he was scheduled to play Margret Thatcher. He also joked that he had to talk Spielberg out making “Lincoln” a musical.
Other nominees in the category for Best Actor in a Motion Picture were:
- Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables”
- Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master”
- Denzel Washington for “Flight”
Day-Lewis has previous wins for his portrayal of Christy Brown in 1989’s “My Left Foot” and for his role as Daniel Plainview in 2007’s “There Will Be Blood.” He was also nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting in 2002’s “Gangs of New York.” Other notable films include “In the Name of the Father”, “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Nine.”
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