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  • Paul Sheehan
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    Sure, his performance in “My Left Foot” was certainly worthy of an Oscar back in 1989.

    However, his work in “There Will Be Blood” is over-the-top and deserved a Razzie rather than an Oscar in 2007. That he edged out George Clooney (“Michael Clayton”) and Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd”) makes this win even more ridiculous.

    Given the lack of competition in 2012, his win for “Lincoln” does not make my blood boil, except for the fact that it established DDL as the ONLY three-time Best Actor champ.

    Jack Nicholson has three wins as well: two BA Oscars (“Cuckoo’s Nest” and “As Good as It Gets”) and one BSA Oscar (“Terms of Endearment”).

    And look at the list of fellows with two BA Oscars:

    Fredric March
    Spencer Tracy 
    Gary Cooper
    Marlon Brando

    Dustin Hoffman

    Tom Hanks

    Sean Penn

    Does DDL deserve to be ahead of all of them?  

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    Macbeth
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    #189676

    I have to say I think Daniel Day-Lewis is a great actor, but doesn’t deserve three Oscars.

    However, I do vehemently disagree with you that he wasn’t deserving for There Will Be Blood. To me, that was the one performance he truly did deserve an Oscar for, and he deservedly swept. It was an amazing performance in an amazing film by an amazing filmmaker.

    He did beat Joaquin Phoenix in 2012, which was a huge mistake.

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    salvador
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    I never quite untersood the hype surrounding “There will be blood”. I think it is an appallingly boring movie with no depth at all and very few redeeming qualities. And Day-Lewis’ (whom I consider a great actor) performance was so over-the-top that I never really believed in his character as an actual human being. People say that he gave great depth to Daniel Plainview, but for me starring at the horizon and saying “I hate most people” does not equal depth and the same can be said about the movie. How someone can say it’s one of the best movies of all time is completely beyond me.

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    Atypical
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    #189678

    Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the defining actors of our time, and “There Will Be Blood” is his pinnacle performance. It really was him and four other guys that year (no offense to those other four notable guys). I’m very glad he has three lead actor Oscars for three radically different performances. I think he could honestly win a fourth one before his career is over, and another lead win, no less.

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    ENGLAND
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    #189679

    He deserved all of his Oscars and he swept almost each time. He swept in 2002 as well but finally lost the Oscar. DDL is loved by the Globes, Oscars, BAFTA’s, and SAG awards.

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    Monty
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    I think DDL deserves the 3 Oscars he won considering they are the best of their years. Actors like Brando were born in the golden age of Hollywood and the competition were stronger. They could have won more if they were acting after 2000.

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    GhostOrchid
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    #189681

    He didn’t win the Globe for My Left Foot in 1989 and there’s also a 18 years gap of this win and for There will be Blood in 2007. Most people thought he would have won for Gangs of New York in 2002, but that didn’t happen and 5 years later he got his second chance. Lincoln was the first acting win EVER from a Spielberg movie. It was such an iconic and superbaity role the Academy couldn’t pass by.

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    manakamana
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    Sure, he’s probably overrated — it’s hard not to be with that stature. But I don’t take strong issue with any of his Oscars, especially since he didn’t win for his comparably one-note work in “Gangs of New York” (be cold! speak menacingly!). His second one took almost 20 years after his first win, and imo his third Oscar was for his finest work to date.

    That said, “My Left Foot” is the only performance I would personally reward. My favorite eligible performance by a lead actor in 2007 was Ulrich Mühe’s in “The Lives of Others,” and in 2012 it was Denis Lavant’s mind bogglingly accomplished work in “Holy Motors.” But I think he was the clear best of the nominees in all three cases (Depp, really?!). 

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    CanadianFan
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    #189683

    Daniel Day-Lewis gave the best performance of the past 20 years in ‘There Will Be Blood’.

    I would have opted for Joaquin Phoenix for ‘The Master’ over DDL in ‘Lincoln’, but he is excellent in that film as well. 

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    #189685

    His third Oscar is unwarranted.

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    babypook
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    #189686

    How is DDL “ott” in TWBB? How?

    Is he ‘over rated’? Er….no.

    Looks like he means it when he says he’s “retired” for the next five years (since 2012). His audience could use the break perhaps? And then he storms back and eventually wins his fourth….

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    #189687

    Because his first win had such a powerful impact on everyone, and his career trajectory since then – doing very few movies while throwing his entire being into each performance – is the kind of thing that helps build an aura of gravitas and prestige around him.

    Also, I very much disagree with calling out his work in There Will Be Blood, of all things. It is the greatest acting Oscar win of the 21st century so far, and easily one of the Top 10 Best Actor wins ever.

    I’d say Joaquin Phoenix should’ve taken the gold over him in 2012, but his Lincoln performance is still a respectable winner, so I see no reason to call him out on joining the three-timers club.

    As far as the other Best Actor winners are concerned, I’m not sure that Fredric March, Spencer Tracy, Sean Penn, and Tom Hanks even need to be two-time winners, based on their competition. Gary Cooper, maybe, but only if you swap out his win for Sergeant York with Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.

    Personally, for male three-time winners, I’d go Marlon Brando (A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, The Godfather), James Stewart (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo), and then maybe Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Reds) and Gene Hackman (Bonnie and Clyde, The French Connection, Unforgiven).

    But Day-Lewis is a worthy member.

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    #189688

    My Left Foot and TWBB were very well-deserved. His win for Lincoln, however, has more to do with him being a well-regarded actor impersonating a famous president imo rather than the actual performance. 

    This may seem a little off topic, but I’m not too crazy about how he takes long breaks in between films and the films he does lean towards nowadays are serious-minded dramas. I’d love to see him have a little fun and do something like a comedy or play a Bond villain.  

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    manakamana
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    #189689

    I find the idea that his “Lincoln” win was more obligatory than merited to be revolting. It’s the first time he’s put in a performance that imbues a richness of emotional diversity, which happens to include some more optimism. It’s “Best Actor,” not “Actor Playing the Coldest Role Possible.” He played a real person — a towering achievement playing someone as iconic as Lincoln. 

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    #189690

    When the film was titled There Will Be Blood, I don’t suspect it was intentionally dubbed to refer to the spilt blood between posters here at GoldDerby. And yet, the film, and the Oscar winning lead actor, seem to be devisive.

    I admire Daniel Day Lewis. That stated I don’t subscribe the theory that his performance in “. . . Blood” is the finest of two decades. Actually, that year I was rooting for the underdog – Tommy Lee Jones for his understated work in In The Valley of Elah.

    Obviously 2006 was not a year for the understated performance!

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