MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA FEBRUARY 27 , 2013 08.20 P.M.
Daniel Day – Lewis won the Oscar for the Best Actor [ Male ] for Steven Spielberg’s ” Lincoln ” [ 2012 ] and created history . He became the first and only male actor of Hollywood to get three Oscars in the main lead category . His other two Oscar-winning roles are ” My Left Foot ” [ 1989 ] and ” There Will Be Blood ” [ 2007 ] .
I first came to know about Daniel in 1989 . In 1989 I came to Mumbai and took admission in Ashha Chandra’s acting classes . That year’s Oscars were announced and Ashha Ji had a show of ” My Left Foot “ for all the students of her academy . We were watching the movie and were mesmerized by the performance of the lead actor Daniel Day – Lewis . It was my first encounter with Daniel . After watching ” My Left Foot ” , I was forced to believe that the protagonist is paraplegic in his real life too . My perception changed when I saw his next movie , ” The Bounty “ . Later on I watched ” The Last of The Mohicans “ and ” Gangs of New York ” and I became a life-long fan of the actor . ” Lincoln “ only fortifies my admiration and regard for the actor . It speaks volumes that a British and Irish national Daniel , plays the most revered character of American history so convincingly .
He is one of the most acclaimed actors of this generation . His work has earned numerous awards, including five nominations for the Academy Awards, which resulted in three wins, respectively, for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007), and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012), a feat which makes him the only male actor in history to gather three wins in the leading category.
Lewis has also been nominated for six BAFTA Awards, with four wins, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Critic’s Choice Awards, as well as garnering seven Golden Globe nominations, winning twice.
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English actor with both British and Irish citizenship. The son of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon , he was born and grew up in London . Despite his traditional actor training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health .
He reportedly demanded and got 1 year for preparing the character of Abraham Lincoln . He read almost 100 books written about the president and gave new interpretation to the character . He made his voice high pitch instead of booming voice of Lincoln . Needless to say that his interpretation is totally accepted by the puritan critics and lapped by the discerning masses .
Filmography of Daniel Day-Lewis :
|1984||The Bounty||John Fryer|
|1985||My Beautiful Laundrette||Johnny|
|1985||A Room with a View||Cecil Vyse|
|1988||The Unbearable Lightness of Being||Tomas|
|1988||Stars and Bars||Henderson Dores|
|1989||Eversmile, New Jersey||Dr. Fergus O’Connell|
|1989||My Left Foot||Christy Brown|
|1992||The Last of the Mohicans||Hawkeye (Nathaniel Poe)|
|1993||The Age of Innocence||Newland Archer|
|1993||In the Name of the Father||Gerry Conlon|
|1996||The Crucible||John Proctor|
|1997||The Boxer||Danny Flynn|
|2002||Gangs of New York||Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting|
|2005||The Ballad of Jack and Rose||Jack Slavin|
|2007||There Will Be Blood||Daniel Plainview|
My admiration for him grows every time when I go through this filmography . Such variety and such array of histrionics is unparalleled in the annals of cinema .
As an acting tutor I wish and desire to produce at least one Daniel Day-Lewis in my life-time . My acting academy , Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , would feel a sense of accomplishment if it could boast of at least one alumni like Daniel Day-Lewis . Until then it is endless wait .
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- Daniel Day-Lewis Is The First Man To Win Three Best Actor Awards (businessinsider.com)
- Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln: Trial lawyer’s instincts for putting on a show (lawandmore.typepad.com)
- Daniel Day-Lewis’ First Oscar: ‘Lincoln’ Actor Won In 1990 For ‘My Left Foot’ (PHOTO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Daniel Day-Lewis to retire for five years to his Irish farm (irishcentral.com)
- Daniel Day-Lewis needs a break (contactmusic.com)
- There’s no madness in Daniel Day-Lewis’ method (thetimes.co.uk)
- Daniel Day-lewis To Step Away From Acting After Making Oscars History (contactmusic.com)
- Oscars 2013: do his three Oscars make Daniel Day-Lewis the greatest? (guardian.co.uk)
- “Don’t Be Daft,” Daniel Day-Lewis Laughs Off ‘World’s Greatest Actor’ Tag (contactmusic.com)
- The secret of Daniel Day-Lewis’ success (bbc.co.uk)
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