A decade later, a small role in Gandhi led to highly visible work in The Bounty (1984), My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room with a View (both 1985), along with a successful starring debut in 1988's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Day-Lewis followed with a stunning Oscar-winning turn in My Left Foot (1989) and scored his first U.S. hit in 1992 with The Last of the Mohicans.
The versatile actor's performances in 1993's In the Name of the Father and 2002's Gangs of New York garnered him two more Oscar nods, while his role as a greed-obsessed oil tycoon won him the award for 2007's There Will Be Blood. Two years later, Day-Lewis chalked up a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor for his part in the musical Nine.
Director Steven Spielberg takes on the towering legacy of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his stewardship of the Union during the Civil War years. The biographical saga also reveals the conflicts within Lincoln's cabinet regarding the war and abolition.