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Day-Lewis missed Oscar lunch with flu

Daniel Day-Lewis missed Monday’s prestigious Oscar Nominees Luncheon due to being ill with the flu.

The 55-year-old actor, who is nominated for a Best Actor award for his leading role in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, was unable to join his fellow nominees at the Beverly Hilton on Monday.

His representative Leslee Dart said the star was “very sorry” to miss out, and that the occasion was the one Awards Season event he was “most looking forward to.”

"He's still at home nursing this illness that has befallen every single member of his household,” she told USA Today. “Not fun."

Daniel is married to director-and-screenwriter Rebecca Miller and they have two sons Ronan, 14, and ten-year-old Cashel.

He is also father to another son Gabriel from a previous relationship.

The British-born star is up against Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper and Joaquin Phoenix in the Best Actor category.

He is currently hot favourite to claim his third Oscar after winning the equivalent Golden Globe and SAG awards for his role as the iconic President Abraham Lincoln, with even rival Hugh putting a bet on him.

"The way that I look at it is, I’m just going to put money on him. That way it’s a win-win. Right?" the Les Misérables star told Access Hollywood at the Oscars lunch.

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