He made history with his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln. He had already been honoured for his roles as Christy Brown in My Left Foot in 1989 and as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood six years ago.
Day Lewis is a long-time resident of Wicklow and holds dual Irish and British citizenship, so we may, even momentarily, bask in the reflected glory.
The Oscars celebrate commercial potential and pure entertainment at least as much as they celebrate artistic achievement and intensity — how else would the schmaltzy 1997 Titanic, nominated for 14 awards, winning 11 — have been so celebrated?
If we are to enjoy some of Day Lewis’ reflected glory we can do so happy in the knowledge he has won his three awards for artistic achievements of the highest order. Good man, our man, Dan!