Daniel Day-Lewis wins Best Actor Oscar for 'Lincoln'
He has previously won the Oscars for playing cerebral palsy suffering author and painter Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" (1989) and in 2007 for portraying an ambitious and misanthropic oil baron in "There Will Be Blood". He was also nominated for "In The Name of the Father" (1993) and "Gangs of New York" in 2002.
Day-Lewis was born in London on April 29, 1957, to poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon. Day-Lewis picked up acting from his mother's side but his approach towards it seems inspired by his father.
He likes to immerse himself completely in his roles, staying in costume and in character for the entire shooting period, something that has earned him notoriety and awe in equal measures in his 30-year-old career. If not acting, Day-Lewis spends his time in carpentry, which is another great passion of his.
Day-Lewis made his debut with a small part in John Schlesinger's "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" (1971). He followed it with an acting training at Bristol Old Vic.
After working in theatre for almost a decade, he made his second appearance as a street thug in "Gandhi" (1982).
There was no looking back for the actor after that. He made the critics sit and take notice with his two completely different roles -- as a gay street punk in "My Beautiful Laundrette" and stuffy Edwardian suitor in "A Room With a View".
Two years later, he was cast in Philip Kaufman's adaptation
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