He has deservedly-so, won previous Best Actor Oscars for his role in 2007s There Will Be Blood and 1990s My Left Foot. He was nominated two other times, in 1994 and 2003, for In the Name of the Father and Gangs of New York. Why he didnt win for those, I still cant fathom.
While Day-Lewis owns the film in front of the camera, the masterful Spielberg directs everything with grace and emotional weight from behind the lens. There may be more artful directors, but few can match Spielbergs eye and ability to not only convey powerful emotions, but entertain while telling a story that should matter to every American.
Im a huge fan of Spielberg, but Im giving him this award by default, considering Kathryn Bigelow was not nominated for Zero Dark Thirty.
Therein lies the rub.
In my opinion, Lincoln is actually the third-best film of this award season.
Both Zero Dark Thirty and The Master were superior films, but combined, they didnt receive as many nominations as Lincoln, with only eight.
The fact that Bigelow was snubbed (along with Ben Affleck for Argo) is laughable. Unfortunately for The Master, it was a film that will take time to settle, digest and be reviewed countless times at home before more people appreciate it. Even after I walked out of the theater, I had to spend quite some time dwelling on it, and since it isnt out on DVD, I have still yet to decide its true potential.
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) likely will lose to Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) for Best Actress. Phillip Seymour Hoffman should easily take the Best Supporting Actor award for The Master.
Les Miserables will take home all the expected awards that musicals are shoe-horned into receiving: Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music Original Song, Production Design and Sound Mixing.
Life of Pi should win for Best Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing, while possibly also winning Best Visual Effects. But dont count out Marvels The Avengers in the Special Effects category.
Best Original Screenplay will be a battle between Quentin Tarantinos script for Django Unchained and Nick Boals script for Zero Dark Thirty.
Of course, take all of this with a grain of salt.
Lincoln could win 12 awards and become the biggest winner ever (previous record is 11 awards by Titanic and Ben-Hur).
Amour could become this years The Artist and be a film that 95-percent of us havent seen but wins everything.
Argo could continue to roll and win all seven of its nominations.
One thing is certain: If Day-Lewis doesnt win for Best Actor, I will never watch the Academy Awards again.
Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.