Will Daniel Day-Lewis make Oscar history as first three-time Best Actor champ?

When Meryl Streep earned her third Oscar last February, she joined an exclusive club. Only four other people have won at least three Academy Awards for acting in the 84-year history of these kudos. 

It had been 14 years since Jack Nicholson picked up his third trophy when Streep received hers. This year, a quartet of two-time champs are in the hunt for a third Oscar: Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln“), Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook“), Sally Field (“Lincoln”), and Denzel Washington (“Flight“).

Day-Lewis is the likeliest of these to win for his role as President Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg biopic. He has odds of 27/20 to claim his record third Best Actor prize on just his fifth nomination. All our Experts, eight of nine Editors, and almost half our Users predict him to prevail. He picked up trophies this past week at the Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globe Awards. He won Oscars for “My Left Foot” (1989) and “There Will Be Blood” (2007).

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In “Flight,” Washington plays Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot who saves a plane from crashing despite being intoxicated. Of six nominations, he earned trophies in supporting for “Glory” (1989) and in lead for “Training Day” (2001). He is currently in third place against Day-Lewis with 6/1 odds.

De Niro has not contended at the Oscars since 1991 when he lost a Best Actor bid for “Cape Fear.” He won supporting actor for “The Godfather, Part II” (1974) and in lead for (“Raging Bull,” 1980). He has solid 10/3 odds to win Best Supporting Actor this year for his performance as Pat Peoples, the father of a man just returned home from a mental institution. DeNiro is second behind Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”), with the support of three of 16 Experts, three of nine Editors, and 19% of Users.

Field prevailed the only two times she contended at the Oscars for her lead roles in “Norma Rae” (1979) and “Places in the Heart” (1984). She is also in “Lincoln” as President’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Field is in second place for Best Supporting Actress but at 3/1 trails far behind Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables“). She has support from one of 16 Experts and 22% of Users.

Katharine Hepburn is the all-time leader among performers with four Best Actress Oscars: “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), and “On Golden Pond” (1981). She reaped an even dozen bids in that race. 

Walter Brennan won three supporting Oscars for “Come and Get It” (1936), “Kentucky” (1938), and “The Westerner” (1940); he lost his fourth bid in 1941 for “Sergeant York.” 

Ingrid Bergman won as a leading actress in both “Gaslight” (1944) and “Anastasia” (1956) and then for supporting in “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974). She had seven nominations in all. 

Nicholson prevailed as a lead in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), then in supporting for “Terms of Endearment” (1983), and again in lead for “As Good As It Gets” (1997). He leads among men with 12 nominations to date. 

Streep won her first Academy Award in supporting for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979) and then lead trophies for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011). In all, she has amassed a record 17 nominations.

9 thoughts on “Will Daniel Day-Lewis make Oscar history as first three-time Best Actor champ?

  1. The odds are really stacked against Daniel Day Lewis. I can seriously say the Best Actor oscar is more than likely going to go to either Hugh Jackman or Bradley Cooper. Daniel Day Lewis will be a serious surprise.

  2. Thomas, the odds are stacked against him? Have you been paying attention to the media at all? He is pegged as the winner on EVERY website out there. He just won a Golden Globe as well. His performance is sweeping ever critic award there is, he has won more awards for Lincoln than all of his competitors COMBINED. The only way he won’t win is if the Oscars damage there CREDIBILITY by making him lose simply for shock value. Because he is the clear winner to every critic I have come across.

  3. Well the performance of the year is Daniel Day Lewis. Joaquin is definitely my second choice, but Oscars equals politics not performance so if they don’t like you or you’ve misbehaved forget it about it (i.e. Russell Crowe robbed of his second straight oscar for A Beautiful Mind). Hugh Jackman is that great Aussie bloke who just genuinely is a nice guy without the swarmy crap, loves his wife and everyone can root for on an acting basis and a personal basis, a likeable guy that will see his day. Denzel does his best acting in years, but Flight ended so disappointingly, hollywood crap ‘do the right thing’ which we’ve all seen a thousand times before, even I could have written that. I thought Bradley Cooper was good but not as good as the others. The thing is they all did great admirable jobs, but Daniel Day Lewis IS Lincoln – thats the difference. And he is so very talented and respected, polite, humble and courteous and his win will be more than well deserved. No one can deny that and to give it to someone else would actually be quite distasteful and most of all disrespectful to him and to all actors as all can agree he deserves it. As for Lincoln itself, I enjoyed it and for the state of America, it deserves the Best Picture Oscar, just a shame about the stupidity of leaving out Ben Affleck for a directors nod. However the only thing about Speilberg is before I even watched Lincoln, I said I guarantee that there will be some dawn parade trumpet and the american flag waving in the wind in slow motion and what do ya know – can’t help himself, cheesy sentimentality… but build a bridge hey? (didn’t like Sally Field either – felt I was watching a play with Sally Field playing Lincoln’s wife)…anyway I could harp on for ages – DDL all the way – later

  4. Honestly, Anne Hathaway has become so annoying in the last two months as she lets her desperation to win show, that I wouldn’t vote for her (well, I wouldn’t vote for her even if she wasn’t annoying). Sally FIeld deserves it, and after Sally, Helen Hunt. Anne deserves to sit it out. It would be great if Field and DDL both “ascended” into the 3 or more club with these awards.

  5. Gem, I am not denying Daniel Day Lewis’s excellent performance (with a capital E) for his role as Lincoln; however, the Academy is notorious for doing this. Perhaps you do not recall, but way back in 2002 everyone thought Day Lewis was going to win for Gangs of New York or Jack Nicholson was going to make history and win for About Schmid, and both lost to Adrian Brody for The Pianist. This is something the Academy has done in the past. A second example is 2001 Sissy Spacek for In the Bedroom winning all the critics awards and losing to Halle Berry just because the Academy voters decided to make a little Oscar history. This is why I will say do not be surprised oid Day Lewis loses the Oscar to Hugh Jackman for Les Mes or Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings. As this situation has happened before and will likely occur again.

  6. Silver Linings has steam, I bet Cooper wins in a total upset. If not DDL it will be Cooper or Jackman. If DDL wins his 3rd lead Oscar 5 years after winning his 2nd, I will not entertain the notion Streep can’t win her 4th for August:Osage County.

  7. Lewis, DeNiro and Field will all make history. It will be the first time three actors entered the three-timers club in the same year. Lewis will be the first three-time Best Actor. Field will extend her undefeated streak to an unprecedented three. And then DeNiro.

    Washington will have to join the club in a later year — hopefully not as an Honorary.

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