Day-Lewis wins best actor prize for 'Lincoln'
Daniel Day-Lewis triumphed again last night winning the Bafta for Best Actor for his starring role in Lincoln.
The actor, who plays the US president in Steven Spielberg’s political biopic, has already won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild award for the role and is hot favourite to carry off an Oscar later this month.
Accepting his award, Day-Lewis poked fun at his own reputation for immersing himself in his characters and his devotion to method acting.
Day-Lewis, who reportedly refused to leave his wheelchair while playing the disabled Christy Brown in My Left Foot, said: “Just on the chance I might one day have to speak on an evening such as this I’ve actually stayed in character as myself for the last 55 years and had a various selection of Bafta sets downscaled, dating from the late fifties, placed in every single room of every house I’ve ever lived in and every time I rise from a chair it spontaneously unleashes a soundtrack of thunderous applause, with a few boos and some drunken hecklers.”
Day-Lewis was joined at the event by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, who braved the wind, rain and sleet to meet fans outside the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.
Performers including Hugh Jackman, George Clooney and Dame Helen Mirren stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures. – (PA)