"I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed."
That's Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in P.T. Anderson's There Will Be Blood. Don't you ever forget that he's the only man standing to hold three Best Actor Oscars. He's the biggest boss we've seen thus far, and all of 2013's big performers, like Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, would do well to remember that this awards season.
Meryl Streep is in a movie this year about family, failed poetry, and, duh, alcoholism, so all the performers looking for Best Actress statuettes must be shook too.
But Streep's most fearsome creations are mere dust to DDL, who method acts his entire life. One time that bitch-ass no-day-lewis Liam Neeson said, "There’s a lot of bullshit in acting. I’m not criticising those guys as actors but sometimes you just have to show up and deliver a speech. You don’t have to pretend to be somebody, I like to think I am enough."
Just to check: Yep, Neeson has another Taken movie lined up. Daniel Day-Lewis, meanwhile, is waiting for his next project after winning an Oscar playing Abraham Lincoln better in a performance even John Wilkes Booth's corpse had to give it up for.
And so DDL has words for 2013's Oscar hopefuls. And he's been preparing them for decades.