July 24, 2021

Daniel Day-Lewis, to make history with a farewell and possible fourth Oscar

The interpreter of ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ or ‘The Age of Innocence’ is characterized by being extremely selective with the job offers he accepts, by his versatility and his obsessive preparation of the characters. Photo: AFP Archive

The experience of shooting ‘Phantom Thread‘left Daniel Day-Lewis such a residue of sadness who has decided to leave the interpretation, but the praiseworthy critics received for his spectacular work could sweeten his retirement with the fourth Oscar of his career.

“If this is your farewell, it is designer, elegant and exuberant,” says the New York Daily News. A Daniel Day-Lewis which, according to other critics, traces the arc of his character “With a majestic dominance” and composes “a symphony of states of mind: sardonic, melancholic, inspired and impatient”.

A interpretation “Brilliant”, from a “teacher” who retires “in style” and who leaves behind a work “rich, indelible and at times wonderfully disgusting”.

Praise for Day-Lewis and for the film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, which premiered yesterday in the United States, but is only up for two Golden Globes, for best music and best actor in a dramatic film.

Prizes that, in the case of the male interpretation, are usually an exact preview of what is going to happen at the Oscars. Son of the poet Cecil Day-Lewis and the actress Jill Balcon, Day-Lewis debuted at age 14 in ‘Sunday, Bloody Sunday’ (1971), although it truly caught the attention of critical it was with his works in ‘My Beautiful Laundrette‘ Y ‘A Room With a View’.

The interpreter of ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ O ‘The Age of Innocence’ is characterized by being extremely selective with the job offers it accepts, due to its versatility and his obsessive preparation of the characters.

In his latest film, ‘Phanton Thread’ Day-Lewis, 60, plays a fashion designer in the London fifties, a cold and maniacal man, who begins a relationship with a young waitress, a role in which the Luxembourger shines Vicky Krieps in his American film debut.

A film whose complex filming led to irish actor to decide that he was withdrawing from the performance. And he assures that this time is the definitive one, after in 1999 he left the stage to learn the craft of artisan shoemaker in Florence (Italy).

On that occasion, Martin Scorsese invited him to return with ‘Gangs of New York‘(2002), which earned him his third nomination to the Oscar -after winning one for ‘My Left Foot‘ (1989)-.

In that second stage of his carrera, greatly reduced their jobs. He only participated in ‘The Ballad of Jack and Rose‘(2005), directed by his wife, Rebecca Miller; ‘There will be Blood‘(2007), of Paul Thomas Anderson, for which his second oscar arrived; the musical ‘Nine‘(2009) -based on’ 8 1/2 ‘, from Federico Fellini-, and ‘Lincoln’ (2012), the film of Steven Spielberg for which he achieved his third statuette.

An award that made him the only one actor who has won three Oscars as protagonist and that places you only one of the great Katherine Hepburn, the only one that has four awards of the Hollywood Academy.

With ‘Phantom Thread’, Day-Lewis could say goodbye in a big way to the world of who. But to do so, you will have to beat rivals Very strong. The favorite, according to the prizes already achieved, is the young Timothée Chalamet, star of the surprise movie of the season, ‘Call Me by Your Name‘, of the Italian Luca Guadagnino, a story of sexual awakening in the Italy of the eighties.

This New Yorker who turns 22 this week has a great experience despite his young age since he debuted in the world of performance nine years ago. Work in series television, like ‘Homeland’ or ‘Royan Pains’, and in films like ‘Interstellar’, ‘One and Two’ or ‘Miss Stevens’ they were tanning him and 2017 has been the year of his explosion thanks to ‘Call Me by your Name’ .

The third candidate to the greats awards from season is the british Gary Oldman, for his portrayal of the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, on ‘Darkest Hour‘.

Oldman does a great job, aided by a brilliant characterization, but it has had the misfortune to coincide with the appearance of Chalamet and the goodbye of Day-Lewis, which would undoubtedly mark a before and after in the history of the who if he finally gets his fourth Oscar.