Daniel Day-Lewis took home top honors with the Best Actor Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. It was about as sure a bet as you can get with the Academy Awards, but Day-Lewis derved the award. He is the first actor to ever win three Best Actor statues.
Meryl Streep didn't even have to open the envelope before announcing Day-Lewis had won the award. The method actor commented about how lucky a guy he was and thanked the Academy for the honor while even poking fun of himself saying that his wife had to live with a bunch of different men while he took full control of the roles he took on. He joked about taking Streep's role as Margaret Thatcher to a raucus laughter from the crowd while Streep would have played Lincoln.
He made no mention of Seth MacFarlane's iffy Wilkes Booth joke.
Here's who he was up against:
Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master