It came as a surprise to pretty much no one on earth when Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar for his mesmerizing performance as the 16th president of the United States in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." But what may be news to most is that this win establishes an Oscar record.
With the win for "Lincoln," Day-Lewis is the only person in the history of the Academy Awards to win Best Actor more than twice. He previously won for his performance as Christy Brown, the Irish writer and painter who suffered from extreme cerebral palsy, in "My Left Foot" (1989), and for his portrayal of ruthless oil tycoon Daniel Plainview in "There Will Be Blood" (2007).
Day-Lewis has become both a legend and an industry inside joke for his immersive approach to acting. He's notorious for never breaking character while working on a film, with the latest tales of his, uh, "commitment" to the craft including sending texts to co-star Sally Field in character as the Civil War-era president.
Day-Lewis also received Best Actor nominations for "Gangs of New York" (2002) and "In the Name of the Father" (1993), though he lost those years to Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") and Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia"), respectively.
There have been several two-time Best Actor winners, including Hanks ("Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump"), Jack Nicholson ("As Good As It Gets," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"), and Dustin Hoffman ("Rain Man," "Kramer vs. Kramer").
But a new bar has been set for Hollywood's leading men: Can you beat -- or at least match -- Daniel "Trifecta" Day-Lewis?
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