Daniel Day-Lewis Should Win Best Actor At The Oscars On Sunday, Despite Lincoln's Best Picture Favoritism Diminshing
As has been speculated time and time again over the past month, the one sure bet at the Oscars on Sunday (February 24, 2014) is that Daniel Day-Lewis will take home the award for Best Actor for his career best performance as U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed biopic. The legendary British actor is yet to be beaten at any of the major Hollywood awards ceremonies and his success will continue at the Nokia Theatre this weekend.
“No-one has emerged to take him on. I don't think he has lost a single (pre-Oscar) race. We have 25 experts and every single one is betting on Daniel Day-Lewis,” said Tom O'Neil of awards website Goldderby.com. He is the massive 1/50 favorite for the award with nearest rival Hugh Jackman out at 16/1 to take home the prize for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. Spielberg and his team can bank on the Lincoln DVD’s going out with the Oscar winners crest, though it’s unlikely it will read, “Winner of 12 Academy Awards.” Its initial Best Picture favouritism has diminished in recent months, with Ben Affleck’s Iranian hostage drama Argo now likely to win the major prize on Sunday.
Lincoln’s chances of sweeping the Oscars (deemed highly likely back in December) dimmed after a scandal over the movie’s historical accuracy. According to USA Today, Republican Joe Courtney wrote a letter to Spielberg earlier this week noting that part of the movie was fundamentally wrong. Lincoln shows two of three lawmakers from the state of Connecticut voting against the 13th Amendment, prohibiting slavery in the U.S. “I could not believe my eyes and ears!" he wrote, noting that all four representatives from Connecticut voted in favor of the amendment.
The movie’s award winning screenwriter Tony Kushner penned his own letter of response, reports the Wall Street Journal, in which he acknowledged that Courtney “is correct,” though explaining, “We changed two of the delegation's votes, and we made up new names for the men casting those votes, so as not to ascribe any actions to actual persons who didn't perform them. In the movie, the voting is also organized by state, which is not the practice in the House.” Although ‘Argo’ has its own discrepancies regarding accuracy, it is yet to be scrutinized as intensely as Spielberg’s epic.
Nevertheless, it will be Day-Lewis’ evening at the Oscars, making him the first man in history to win three Best Actor golden statuettes.
Watch the trailer for Lincoln: