Veteran director Jim Sheridan has tipped two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis to make movie history and scoop an Oscar hat-trick. The Dublin native praised long-time friend Day-Lewis for his latest performance in historical biopic Lincoln – which yesterday secured him a coveted Golden Globe. “If you were giving me bookies’ odds, I’d go with Lincoln and Daniel winning the Oscars,” Sheridan said.
The 63-year-old, who directed Day-Lewis in My Left Foot – which won the actor his first Oscar – said the star was “a force of nature”. “When I was working with Daniel, it was like, this guy is so technically gifted,” he said. “I don’t think there has ever been an actor like him.” Six-time Oscar nominee Sheridan was at the ticket launch of industry event Digital Biscuit – three days of talks and demonstrations on new digital film-making techniques.
Sheridan first directed Day-Lewis in the 1989 film My Left Foot – in which he played Irish writer and painter Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy. They later worked together on In The Name Of The Father and The Boxer.
“Other actors say to me he’s better than anybody,” Sheridan said. “I don’t know if he can be better than anybody, but he’s certainly technically so amazing. “Day-Lewis, who lives in Co Wicklow and holds both Irish and British citizenship, won his second best actor Oscar for There Will Be Blood in 2007.He has been nominated for a third gold statuette for his portrayal of US president Abraham Lincoln, who fought for the abolition of slavery during the American Civil War.
Another of President Lincoln’s many accomplishments was his supportive role in the founding of Gallaudet University, the collegiate department of Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind (its original name), which was created by an act of Congress. Its original charter was signed on February 16, 1857, by President Franklin Pierce. On April 8, 1864, towards the end of his first term and during the Civil War (on the same day that part of General Nathaniel Banks’ Union army was defeated by a Confederate force under Richard Taylor’s command at Sabine Crossroads in Mansfield, Louisiana), Lincoln signed the Enabling Act authorizing the Columbia Institution to grant postsecondary degrees—marking the first such opportunity for deaf students in the world. This wasn’t strictly necessary from a legalistic point of view, but was something that E. M. Gallaudet wanted for his fledgling school. To this day, the sitting President serves as patron of Gallaudet University, and Charter Day is celebrated annually on campus with a festive awards banquet.
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