Daniel Day-Lewis

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Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) 

Recognized for his eccentric roles and commitment to his craft, many consider Daniel Day-Lewis one of the greatest actors of this generation.

In 1990, Daniel won an Academy Award® for his passionate portrayal of Christy Brown, an artist suffering from crippling cerebral palsy, in My Left Foot. Throughout the '90s, he continued to captivate audiences with roles in The Last of the Mohicans, The Age of Innocence and In the Name of the Father, for which he received a second Oscar® nomination.

After a short hiatus from acting, Daniel took on the villainous role of Bill the Butcher in Martin Scorsese's film Gangs of New York. His performance earned him his third Academy Award nomination and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award® for Best Actor.

Now, critics are taking note of Daniel's gritty performance as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, the film adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!. In the film, Daniel plays a dishonest oil prospector who will stop at nothing to make his fortune.