Belfast Telegraph

Day-Lewis tipped for Oscar success

Veteran director Jim Sheridan has tipped two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis to make movie history and scoop an Oscar hat-trick.

The Dublin native praised long-time friend Daniel for his latest performance in historical biopic Lincoln - which has already secured him a coveted Golden Globe.

"If you were giving me bookies' odds, I'd go with Lincoln and Daniel winning the Oscars," Jim said.

The 63-year-old, who directed Daniel in My Left Foot - which won the actor his first Oscar - said the star was "a force of nature".

"When I was working with Daniel, it was like, this guy is so technically gifted," he said. "I don't think there has ever been an actor like him."

Six-time Oscar nominee Jim was at the ticket launch of industry event Digital Biscuit - three days of talks and demonstrations on new digital film-making techniques.

He first directed Daniel in the 1989 film My Left Foot - in which he played Irish writer and painter Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy. They later worked together on In The Name Of The Father and The Boxer.

"Other actors say to me he's better than anybody," Jim said.

"I don't know if he can be better than anybody, but he's certainly technically so amazing."

Daniel, who lives in Co Wicklow and holds both Irish and British citizenship, won his second best actor Oscar for There Will Be Blood in 2007. He has been nominated for a third gold statuette for his portrayal of US president Abraham Lincoln, who fought for the abolition of slavery during the American Civil War.


From Belfast Telegraph