Oscars 2013: Lincoln’s Daniel Day-Lewis wins best actor

The 55-year-old has become the first person to win three Academy Awards for best actor

Lincoln’s Daniel Day-Lewis has picked up best actor at the 2013 Academy Awards – and completed a historical hat-trick, becoming the first person to win three Oscars in the category. 


The win, for his role as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s historical epic, is the third Oscar Day-Lewis has been awarded during his extensive career.

Day-Lewis played Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg’s historical film which shed light on the 16th president’s battle to end slavery and the American Civil War during the 19th century. The actor has been critically praised for his performance – most notaby for the accent he adopted during filming.

Picking up the prestigious golden statuette, Day-Lewis said: “I am so grateful to the Academy for this beautiful honour.” 

The 55-year-old has previously won Academy Awards for his roles as Daniel Plainview in 2007’s There Will Be Blood and Christy Brown in 1989 film My Left Foot. Throughout his career Day-Lewis has been nominated a total of five times in the best actor catergory.

Day-Lewis has beaten Les Miserables’ Hugh Jackman, Silver Linings Playbook’s Bradley Cooper, The Master’s Joaquin Phoenix and Flight’s Denzel Washington to this year’s prestigious prize.


This awards season Day-Lewis has already won over 30 awards for his role in Lincoln, including a Golden Globe and Bafta. Lincoln was nominated for a total of 12 Oscars, including best picture and best director.