Daniel Day-Lewis: A record-breaking actor with three Oscar wins

British actor cements his place in movie history with virtuoso performance in Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis made Oscars history last night by picking up the Best Actor award for his turn as America’s 16th president in Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln'.

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With this latest triumph, the British-born actor became the first man to take the category three times.

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While already considered by many to be one of the greats, Day-Lewis can now be placed firmly in the pantheon of the Hollywood giants with his unprecedented hat-trick of awards.

“I really don’t know how any of this happened,” he noted when accepting his latest Oscar.

“I do know I've received much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life," he continued. Lewis is noted for his meticulous approach to his trade.

It was well documented that, while filming ‘Lincoln’, he would remain in character even while the camera lay dormant.

His first Academy success arrived in 1989 with ‘My Left Foot’, in which he portrayed Irish Actor Christy Brown: an artist born with cerebral palsy. The next Best Actor gong would arrive eighteen years later, with 2007's ‘There Will Be Blood’ for his depiction of oil tycoon character Daniel Plainview.

One of his erstwhile tutors, John Hartoch, at Bristol’s Old Vic theatre, remembers a performance from a young Day-Lewis.

“He got on stage and played a very serious, beautiful little piece of music on the violin, while his friend Bill took a pot of red paint and a four-inch brush and just painted him all over.”

And this, while his then contemporary’s performed 'in-jokes' and were 'impersonating members of staff', Hartoch recalled to the BBC. At 55-years-old, Day-Lewis is already one of the pre-eminent actors of his generation, a status that many actors achieve only in their later years

Elsewhere at the 85th annual Academy Awards, ‘Lincoln’ underwhelmed, winning only two awards from 12 nominations - its other Oscar arriving in the form of Production Design. Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ took Best Film while Jennifer Lawrence picked up her first Oscar for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.

Unsurprisingly, Christoph Waltz was awarded with a Best Supporting Actor gong for ‘Django Unchained’, while Anne Hathaway picked up the female equivalent for her turn as Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’.