Movie Dearest continues the month long countdown to the Oscars with two of our weekly signature features -- Cinematic Crush and Women We Love -- spotlighting our favorites of this year's acting nominees:
Crush object: Daniel Day-Lewis, actor.
- He is more or less pre-ordained as this year's Best Actor winner for his powerful turn as Daniel Plainview, the maniacal oilman at the center of There Will Be Blood; he has already won several major awards for the role, including the Golden Globe, the SAG and the BAFTA.
- A previous Oscar winner for his heart-breaking performance as paraplegic artist Christy Brown in My Left Foot, he has also received nominations for In the Name of the Father and Gangs of New York.
- His film debut was as a teenager in an uncredited bit part in John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday; his first adult film role was a small appearance in Gandhi; he burst on the scene in 1985 in two wildly different roles in the art house hits A Room With a View (as a prissy aristocrat) and My Beautiful Laundrette (as a gay punk).
- Other notable films include The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Age of Innocence and The Crucible.
- He is known for totally immersing himself in his characters; for example, during the filming of The Last of the Mohicans, he built a canoe and learned how to track and skin animals, just like his character Hawkeye.