Hollywood has a new top dog. Daniel Day-Lewis made history at the Oscars this year when he won Best Actor for playing the first US President in Lincoln. The Irish actor now leads the men of Hollywood with the most Best Actor wins ever - three.
Daniel previously won Best Actor for playing a disabled artist in My Left Foot and a ruthless tycoon in There Will Be Blood.
Daniel leaves behind eight other actors who shared the most number of Best Actor wins till this year - Spencer Tracy, Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Fredric March, Jack Nicholson and Sean Penn won two Best Actor Oscars each.
Jack Nicholson also has three Oscars, but his third is for Best Supporting Actor.
It was entirely by happenstance that Daniel Day-Lewis even got to play the role of Lincoln at all. Director Steven Spielberg's first choice was Liam Neeson, his Schindler's List star. Neeson, an Irishman like Daniel Day-Lewis, gave up the role in 2010 and reportedly suggested Spielberg cast his compatriot.
Daniel Day-Lewis, famous for his method-acting, stayed in character all through the three months of filming and insisted on being addressed as 'Mr President' on set, even by Steven Spielberg.