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Odds are stacked heavily on Steven Spielberg film Lincoln bringing the actor his record-breaking third best actor statue

Daniel Day-Lewis stands on the verge of Hollywood history by becoming the Academy awards' most lauded male actor if, as is widely considered likely, he is named as best actor for the third time for his role in Lincoln at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night.

Eight other male actors, including Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn and Gary Cooper, have two best actor Oscars. Day-Lewis already holds statuettes for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood (awarded in 1990 and 2008 respectively). Another win will put him out on his own, confirming his position as one of the all-time greats.

Other than Day-Lewis, who holds dual UK-Irish citizenship, British hopes are not invested heavily in the acting categories: unusually for a traditional area of British strength, there is no other UK representation.

The same goes for best director, »

- Andrew Pulver

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