Nearly everyone who has seen There Will Be Blood has responded very strongly to Daniel's portrayal of Plainview. Joel Morgenstern, of the Wall Street Journal, wrote that if Daniel doesn't win an Oscar® this year, it would be an "injustice."
Daniel says he finds this response to the role surprising. "I knew it wasn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, this film," he says. "But I'm kind of surprised that it's anyone's cup of tea."
Being recognized with a nomination this year is particularly special, Daniel says, considering who he's up against. "It happens to be that this year I think quite a number of actors have given very, very fine performances," he says. "So I'm extremely proud to be included in a small group."