Daniel Day-Lewis dedicates SAG win to Heath Ledger


British screen legends Daniel Day-Lewis and Julie Christie bolstered their positions as Oscar frontrunners last night by clinching top acting honours at the Day-Lewis, who won a Golden Globe earlier this month, was named best actor for his role as a tyrannical oil prospector in There Will Be Blood.

He used his acceptance speech to pay tribute to Heath Ledger, who died in New York aged 28 last week.

Dedicating his award to the Australian actor, Day-Lewis, 50, said Ledger encouraged other actors to keep "regenerating" through his challenging performances.

"There are many actors in this room tonight including my fellow nominees who've given me that sense of regeneration. Heath Ledger gave it to me," he said, to loud applause. Day-Lewis cited Ledger's performances in the 2001 drama Monster's Ball as well and his Oscar-nominated turn in the 2005 gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain, which he described as "unique".

"That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I've ever seen and I'd like to dedicate this to him," he added.

(Source: UK Telegraph)

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