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In the 84-year history of the Academy Awards, no one has taken home three Oscars for best performance by an actor in a leading role. (Only two male actors are three-time honorees at all: Jack Nicholson has split his trio of awards between lead and supporting parts, while Walter Brennan is alone in receiving three supporting actor trophies.) But leading film critics say that Daniel Day-Lewis, who won the award for “There Will Be Blood” (2008) and “My Left Foot” (1990), has a good chance to break that barrier this year with his portrayal of our 16th president in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” “I think it’s one of those unequivocal performances,” says Sasha Stone, a critic and the editor of AwardsDaily.com. Likening Day-Lewis in “Lincoln” to Helen Mirren’s awards-sweeping embodiment of another political figure, Queen Elizabeth II, in 2006’s “The Queen,” she says, “No one else had a chance. »

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