The last time Streep presented at the Academy Awards, she handed the Oscar for Best Actor to my next selection for Mt. Rushmore consideration: Daniel Day-Lewis.



In collecting the Oscar for playing our nation’s 16th president, Day-Lewis became the first actor EVER to win the Academy Award in the lead actor category three times. (He also won for There Will Be Blood and My Left Foot.) Few other actors are as respected by their peers as Day-Lewis. But it’s his spectacular range that has me putting him on my Rushmore. Name me another actor who could fully immerse themselves in the roles of the distinguished Lincoln, the psychotic Bill "The Butcher" Cutting and the revolutionary pioneer of Nathaniel Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans.

Most actors play to a certain type. The only way DDL could comprehend the idea of typecasting would be if he were cast as a pigeonholed actor, and had to thoroughly research the concept for the benefit of his performance. And of course, he’d win the Oscar for his resulting turn.

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