"I drink your milkshake!"
After winning a record third Oscar for Best Actor at the 85th Academy Awards for his performance in Lincoln, English-Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis is being heralded by many as "our greatest living actor," with some even crowning him "the greatest actor of all time." In his acceptance speech, Day-Lewis humbly said that he didn't "know how any of this happened" to him, and that he "received more" than his "fair share of good fortune." Maybe so, but Day-Lewis is also an incredibly dedicated method actor who conducts vast amounts of research for every role he takes on and often lives his day-to-day life as the character he is portraying while a film is in production.
Day-Lewis' intense commitment to his craft has jeopardized his health on more than one occasion — he broke two ribs from remaining hunched over in a wheelchair all during the filming of My Left Foot and initially refused treatment for a case of pneumonia while filming Gangs of New York because it wasn't in keeping with the time period. This type of behavior sometimes earned the actor the enmity of his fellow cast and crew members, but the result is a body of work that is second-to-none. Lincoln was his latest achievement in acting, but was it Day-Lewis' best? Help us rank the movies of the most celebrated actor of our day.
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