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For a moment, it looked the Oscar stage had turned into the Mount Olympus of acting, with British actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep standing together.

Though he's not known for comedy, Day-Lewis got a big laugh when he turned to Streep, who had just presented him the best-actor trophy – his third – and said he'd actually originally been slated to play Margaret Thatcher, the role Streep won the Oscar for last year in "The Iron Lady."

And, he added, Streep had actually been director Steven Spielberg's original choice for Abraham Lincoln.

"I'd like to see that version," Day-Lewis quipped.

With his win for "Lincoln," Day-Lewis became the first person to win three best-actor Oscars. Streep has won three Oscars too, one of them as supporting actress.

Jocelyn Noveck



"I love it when people are completely inarticulate giving speeches because it says the same thing in a different way." –Daniel Day-Lewis backstage, discussing the unpolished thank yous he gave after winning the lead actor award for "Lincoln."

–Hannah Dreier



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