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Win for Lincoln star

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2013-02-25

Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln

Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis made history at the Oscars on Sunday night after becoming the first person ever to win the best actor award three times.

The British-Irish star picked up the prize for his role as the eponymous US president in Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln - adding to previous Oscars he has won for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood.

And he picked up one of the biggest laughs of the night from the star-studded audience when he paid an odd tribute to presenter Meryl Streep.  

"It's a strange thing because three years ago before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher," he joked, referring to Streep's Oscar-winning turn in 2012's The Iron Lady. "And Meryl was Steven's first choice to play Lincoln - I would have liked to have seen that version."  

Despite Day-Lewis's success there was no similar triumph for Spielberg in the directing category.

Although he had been tipped to pick up the prize for Lincoln, having previously won for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, the filmmaker lost out to Ang Lee for his film Life Of Pi.

New York filmmaker Benh Zeitlin also missed out on the best director's prize after receiving his first nomination for his critically acclaimed effort Beasts Of The Southern Wild.  

Other winners on the night included London-based film producer Simon Chinn, son of businessman Sir Trevor, who took home the documentary prize for Searching For Sugarman - to add to his Bafta win earlier this month.