The winner of best actor in a leading role has just been announced and the Oscar goes to...Daniel Day-Lewis! Mais oui. The Brit actor has just made history taking his third Oscar for his leading role in Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln. Day-Lewis portrays Abraham Lincoln in the months prior to his assassination, as he works to persuade Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment that would outlaw slavery. 'It's funny, because three years ago, before we agreed to a straight swap, I'd already signed up to play Margaret Thatcher. And Meryl [Streep] had agreed to play Lincoln. That's the version I'd like to see,' he joked. Commiserations to the rest of the nominees but let's remember their fine performances below...
Bradley Cooper For Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a man struggling to cope with daily life following his release from a psychiatric facility.
Hugh Jackman For Les Misérables
Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean, a former prisoner whose attempt to build a new life for himself is threatened by the relentless pursuit of a police inspector.
Joaquin Phoenix For The Master
Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, an alcoholic World War II veteran who turns for help to the founder of a controversial group known as The Cause.
Denzel Washington For Flight
As Whip Whitaker, Denzel Washington plays a pilot with a substance abuse problem whose life changes after he performs a daring maneuver during an airliner crash.