Daniel Day-Lewis is going for his record fourth Best Actor Oscar for Paul Thomas Anderson’s haute couture drama “Phantom Thread.” It was his first collaboration with Anderson on “There Will Be Blood” that won Day-Lewis his second Oscar 10 years ago — or as he calls it in his speech you can watch above, “the handsomest bludgeon in town.”
Day-Lewis dominated the circuit that year for his turn as greedy, vicious oil man Daniel Plainview in “There Will Be Blood,” which was up for eight Oscars and also won Best Cinematography for Robert Elswit.
“I’m looking at this gorgeous thing that you’ve given me and I’m thinking back to the first devilish whisper of an idea that came to him and everything since and it seems to me that this sprang like a golden sapling out of the mad, beautiful head of Paul Thomas Anderson,” Day-Lewis said in his speech. “I hope that all those to whom I owe and to whom I feel the deepest gratitude will forgive me if I say just simply: Thank you, Paul.”
At the time, Day-Lewis was on his fourth nomination after winning for 1989’s “My Left Foot” and contending for 1993’s “In the Name of the Father” and 2002’s “Gangs of New York.” He later became the first person to win Best Actor three times with 2012’s “Lincoln.”
Day-Lewis is currently in third in our predictions to win Best Actor, so he would have to come out retirement if he wants to match Katharine Hepburn’s record four victories.
Oh, and don’t worry: Day-Lewis was formally knighted in 2014, but having “The Queen” Helen Mirren knight you with an Oscar is cool too.
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