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Day-Lewis on verge of Oscar history as he wins Critics Choice

Daniel Day-Lewis has taken his first step towards triple-Oscar glory by winning the coveted Best Actor gong at the Critics Choice Awards.

The Critics Choice Awards, held in California, are regarded as the most reliable guide to who will bag an Academy Award at next month's glitzy show.

And Day-Lewis (55) has taken one step closer to that golden statuette which, if he wins, will make him the only male actor in history to win a hat-trick of Best Actor Oscars. Katharine Hepburn, a 1930s super star wholater enjoyed a career revival, won four academy awards for best actress.

The 18th annual Critics Choice ceremony was attended by some of Hollywood's biggest names last night.

Anne Hathaway (30) showed off her pixie do in a shimmering Oscar de la Renta gown. Emily Blunt (29) showed off her petite physique in a fitted white dress with an embellished pearl neckline.

Her film Looper picked up the award for Best Sci-Fi.

But all eyes were on Day-Lewis, who lives in Co Wicklow, and is on the verge of making Oscar history.

Only nine men including Marlon Brando, Spencer Tracy, Tom Hanks and Dustin Hoffman have taken home the Oscar for Best Actor twice. But Day-Lewis, who holds both an Irish and British passport, will over take them all over if he wins his third award.

It is the actor's fifth nomination in the category. In 1989 he won the gong for his portrayal of Christy Brown in the movie My Left Foot.

And in 2007 Day-Lewis struck Oscar gold again for his role as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.

His new movie Lincoln is a political biopic which focuses on the president's bid to emancipate the slaves as the American Civil War comes to an end.

And according to industry insiders, it's the role that will define Day-Lewis's career, despite the fact that he initially turned down the part.

The movie is directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg and is dominating the ceremony with 12 nominations.

Spielberg says he was struck by the physical similarities Day-Lewis shared with Lincoln and travelled to Ireland to convince the actor to take the part,

Day-Lewis lives in Co Wicklow with his wife Rebecca Miller and his three sons Gabriel, Ronan and Cashel.

Irish cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and Irish producer Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly have also both been nominated for an Oscar for their work on Anna Karenina and Head Over Heels respectively.