Day-Lewis wins Best Actor at the 85th Academy Awards for portraying Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.
I think I’m definitely out of character at this moment, but if I slip back into it by mistake you can do an intervention of some kind. The Heimlich maneuver.
Day-Lewis is nominated for Best Actor at the 85th Academy Awards for portraying Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln. Day-Lewis speaks on preparing for the film:
I’m a very slow reader and I had a lot of reading that I needed to do and a lot of reading that I wished to do … I like to do things slowly, I like to grow into an understanding of things.
Lewis plays President Abraham Lincoln, who expects the Civil War to end within a month and once the war has concluded, the Thirteenth Amendment be defeated by the returning slave states. This historical drama is directed by Steven Spielberg. Co-starring Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones.
I know I’m not Abraham Lincoln. I’m aware of that. But the truth is the entire game is about creating an illusion, and for whatever reason, and mad as it may sound, some part of me can allow myself to believe for a period for time without questioning, and that’s the trick.
Lewis plays Guido Contini, who is a gifted Italian filmmaker who, at the age of fifty, has developed writer’s block and urges all the women in his life to help him with his unfinished set, where dozens of dancers and the film’s leading ladies appear. This musical drama film directed by Rob Marshall. Co-starring Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren.
I kind of climb in time to the music. That luckily was something that Rob didn’t try and convince either himself or me of — that he’d found a dancer. So he worked around that, in my case. I was quite relieved that I could concentrate on the music. And I had the great pleasure watching day by day the rehearsals … of the girls.
Day-Lewis wins Best Actor at the 80th Academy Awards for portraying Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.
In a way, my performance had no thought process. If you’re thinking, in some way you’re already outside it.
Day-Lewis is nominated for Best Actor at the 80th Academy Awards for portraying Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.
You put me shoulder to shoulder with a group of fine actors. I’m proud to be in their company and to have the broader recognition for the film is a lovely thing.
In this period drama directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, a miner who finds oil in his mine and beocmes a ruthless oil baron. His relations with his son and a local preacher deteriorate as he gains more weatlh and power. Co-starring Paul Dano.
The challenge always seems to be the same thing, to tell a story as well as you can. To whatever extent I’m able to assess my contribution at the very beginning, having felt the pull of the orbit of another world, I try to step backwards and ask myself if I can serve that story as the person I’m going to be telling that story with. I try to do that, but I think I’m usually already too far gone anyhow. It’s a token gesture rather than a real one.
Lewis garners the Best Actor Academy award for his portrayal of Christy Brown, an artist stricken with Cerebral Palsy who teaches himself to paint using only his left foot in Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot (1989).
. . . all our desire to make the film, all the strength that we needed, all the pleasure that we took in making the film came from Christy Brown. When he was alive he needed very little encouragement to make his voice heard. Now he needs a little more. And I’m truly grateful to you that in honoring me with this award you’re encouraging Christy to carry on making his mark. Thank you very much indeed.