Had Daniel Day-Lewis not won the Best Actor Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, it would have been the evening's biggest upset. Day-Lewis was a lock to win and in fact the Academy voters did award Day-Lewis his third Oscar, this time for his performance in Lincoln.
Meryl Streep didn't even pretend to stumble with the envelope, saying Day-Lewis' name so quickly that it almost seemed as though she never even looked at what was written down. With the win, Day-Lewis became the first actor to win the Best Actor Oscar three times.
The applause took a while to die down before Day-Lewis could start his speech. "I really don't know how any of this happened. I do know that I've received so much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life. I'm so grateful to the Academy for this beautiful honor," said Day-Lewis. "It's a strange thing because three years ago before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher." (Meryl Streep, who was standing off to the side after handing Day-Lewis his Oscar, got a big kick out of this line.) "Meryl was Steven's first choice for Lincoln. I'd like to see that version."
"Steven didn't have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that perhaps if I was going to do it that Lincoln shouldn't be a musical," joked Day-Lewis.
He turned serious to thank his fellow nominees and wife Rebecca who has lived with some very strange men the past 16 years that they've been married. "She's been the perfect companion to all of them," said Day-Lewis. He also thanked Spielberg, and the "mysteriously beautiful mind, body and spirit of Abraham Lincoln."
I'm starting the campaign now. Daniel Day-Lewis for Oscar host in 2014.
(Photo by Todd Wawrychuk © A.M.P.A.S.)