Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, John Hawkes, Hugh Jackman, and Denzel Washington were all nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards, but unfortunately only one could win. And when the winner was announced, it came as no surprise that Daniel Day-Lewis won his third 'Actor' award, this time for his work in Lincoln.
Day-Lewis thanked his brothers and sisters in the Screen Actors Guild, saying he was very happy to be in the room with them. "Deepest respect to my fellow nominees...he's probably not looking in tonight but Joaquin [Phoenix] you are a remarkable actor and I'm sorry you are not with us this evening," said Day-Lewis.
He complimented his fellow Lincoln cast members: "Have no doubt that this is an ensemble award." He then thanked Liam Neeson and Leonardo DiCaprio who gave him great support and encouragement, and then explained his thought process in approaching the role. "When I was prowling around the idea and wondering whether I could take the risk of doing it, for some reason the guiding principle of the Hippocratic Oath kept nagging at me. First, do no harm. With that modest but important ambition I set out. And then it occurred to me that it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln...and therefore somehow it's only fitting that every now and then an actor tries to bring him back to life."
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