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    From Variety:

    The 60-year-old star, who has played presidents, writers, and gang leaders in a career that has spanned four decades, has one final film awaiting release, “Phantom Thread,” a drama set in the world of high fashion. It is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2017 and reunites him with Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Day-Lewis to a best actor Oscar in 2007’s “There Will Be Blood.” Day-Lewis intends to help promote the movie, according to a person familiar with his plans.

    He did not give a reason for his retirement. In a statement, Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, confirmed the news: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject. ”

    Day-Lewis is the first performer to ever win three best actor Oscars, for the title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” his turn as a rapacious oil man in “There Will Be Blood,” and his performance as writer and artist Christy Brown in “My Left Foot.” He earned two other Academy Award nominations for “Gangs of New York” and “In the Name of the Father.”

    Day-Lewis has been praised for his shape-shifting acting and versatility. He is known for going to extreme lengths for his performances, frequently remaining in character off-screen. He has also starred in musicals (“Nine”), adventure epics (“The Last of the Mohicans“), and period dramas (“The Age of Innocence”).

    The method master once learned Czech to play a philandering doctor in “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” listened to Eminem records to channel rage in “Gangs of New York,” and confined himself in a wheelchair for “My Left Foot” to play Brown, who had cerebral palsy.

    Day-Lewis, who is the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and English actress Jill Balcon, made his screen debut at the age of 14 in a bit part in 1971’s “Sunday, Bloody Sunday.” He first gained attention on the stage and on television before dazzling critics in 1985 with the one-two punch of “My Beautiful Laundrette” and “A Room With a View,” convincingly playing a street tough and an Upper Class Edwardian.

    Although he has remained in high demand, Day-Lewis is also known as being highly selective, often waiting years between projects. In the late ’90’s and early aughts he appeared to give up acting for a while, reportedly working as a cobbler before  Martin Scorsese convinced him to return to the screen for “Gangs of New York.”

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    Andrew D
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    I bet he will take a long break and then come back with something and win that fourth Oscar

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    kingfan011
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    I hope this doesn’t speak badly about Phantom Thread. I mean he was probably mulling this for a while but was a Phantom Thread a negative experience which contributed to this decision.

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    LawC
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    The `Best Actor´ race just got 10x more interesting

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    Honey
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    Damn the Oscars campaigning has already happened before the movie is released, guess DDL’s team feels threatened by Oldman and want to lock the award as fast as they can.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Damn the Oscars campaigning has already happened before the movie is released, guess DDL’s team feels threatened by Oldman and want to lock the award as fast as they can.

    This is a pretty interesting theory. It’s giving me thoughts.

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    Aint2Proud2Beg
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    I am sorry but…..

    If you wanna go just go away quietly, no need for the pomp and show. I am in Gary Oldman’s corner and i hope this ‘oh he is leaving so lets give him another one’ sentiment doesn’t last till December. He has enough Oscars.

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    Andrew D
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    I would prefer oldman to win for sure

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    Honey
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    Oh trust me I’m team oldman. Oldman has Mariah Carey level of range with his accent abilities, a true chameleon. But DDL needs to sit down and let Oldman get his overdue Oscar.

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    Teridax
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    I haven’t seen either Oldman or Day-Lewis’ performances yet, so is it fair to say that I will root for whoever simply gives the better performance? 🙂

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    Marco B.
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    An all time great who will never be forgotten. I know there will be many other deserving performance, but I can’t help but rooting for him to win that forth Oscar, in a film directed by one of my favourite directors.

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    pulp50
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    Best actor of all time in my opinion, he deserves all the praise and awards he gets. I’ve been looking forward to phantom thread, I would love for him to win best actor again. And Oldman, you think he’s going to be nominated for playing Churchill? Maybe, I don’t have high hopes the movie will be very good though just given the directors previous work.

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    forwardswill
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    Just when I thought Oldman was becoming a near lock… DDL knows how to play this game.

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    Bee
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    Ugh. Undeniably talented but massively overrated for me. This will be their strategy for him to win his fourth.

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    Teridax
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    This article also reminds me that he should have won for his masterful performance as Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York. I just hope that this is sincere and not some cheap ploy for an Oscar.

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