Golden Globe Awards: Daniel Day-Lewis of 'Lincoln' wins Best Actor - Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis has won the 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his role as President Abraham Lincoln in Stephen Spielberg's film "Lincoln," marking his second win and seventh nomination.
The winners were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 13. Day-Lewis beat Richard Gere of "Arbitrage," John Hawkes of "The Sessions," Joaquin Phoenix of "The Master" and Denzel Washington of "Flight."
Spielberg's film focuses on the U.S. leader's final months in office, during which he pushes to end the Civil War, unite the people - including the politicians who oppose him - and pass legislation that would abolish slavery.
"As somebody who grew towards an understanding of that man's life, and this will remain one of the great privileges of my life that I was invited to do that, I would hope that people in this country would allow themselves to re-imagine that man's life and the significance it had in the history of this country," Day-Lewis, a British actor and Oscar winner, told OTRC.com in November.
"It's been a remarkably beautiful experience for me to discover that as an outsider and I suppose because he has been mythologized almost to the point of dehumanization, I would love it if people felt that they would understand his life a little bit, through this film," he added.
Day-Lewis won his first Golden Globe for his role in the 2007 movie "There Will Be Blood," which also earned him his second Oscar. He won his first Academy Award for his performance in the 1989 film "My Left Foot." Overall, Day-Lewis has been nominated for a total of four Oscars and seven Golden Globes.
"Lincoln" was nominated for seven Golden Globes -- the largest number for a single movie this year -- including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Field, Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Jones and Best Director - Motion Picture for Spielberg.
"The story is quintessentially American, but we hope it's a movie that can speak to audiences worldwide," he said in a statement to OTRC.com in December. "After all, Lincoln ended his most famous speech, as you hear at the end of our film, looking beyond national boundaries to justice and peace for all nations."
Watch the trailer for "Lincoln" below.