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Lincoln and Django Unchained won welcome recognition in a ceremony that lifted no one film too high above the others

So Daniel Day-Lewis achieves his moment of Academy Award history – the gold-standard of his mystique and reputation intensified with the reports that he will now take a further five years off before accepting another movie role. Three best actor Oscars puts him in a one-man premier league of his own, the crowning moment of a remarkable career in movies that entered its glorious phase with his sensational, emotional withdrawal from the National Theatre's stage Hamlet in 1989. His Lincoln was and is a mighty achievement, inhabited with superb technique: this is a Shakespearian performance of passion and depth. It is just impossible to imagine anyone else taking the role on, and giving the blazingly powerful and eerily exact impersonation that had the effect of making the purely procedural aspects of this film so gripping and relevant. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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