Daniel Day-Lewis Knows His Memes: Lincoln Star Tries His Hand At “Eastwooding”

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With the election over, you might think it’s finally time to put away the “Binders Full of Women” jokes and store those horses and bayonets in the closet, and you’d be right. But we’ll make one exception for political memes, only because it’s coming from the most unlikely of places: Daniel Day-Lewis. The actor renowned for such comic films as There Will Be Blood, In the Name of the Father and the upcoming Lincoln accepted the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the BAFTA L.A. Britannia Awards gala last night and had the audience in stitches with a little gag. He brought a chair up onstage with him, and subtly made a shushing gesture at the empty seat after mentioning that he stayed up late on Tuesday night to watch the election results. 

“I have to say that I’m so extremely grateful and glad that taking time out of his very busy schedule, the recently re-elected president of this country was able to make it here tonight. Thank you so much. I know as an Englishman that it’s absolutely none of my business, but I’m so grateful it was you,” he said, addressing the chair. “I love Clint Eastwood, this is no satirical comment on him or his politics or anything else. But I have to say, when I saw him talking to a chair in front of a room full of strangers, I thought, ‘I’ve got to try that.’ That’s a challenge!”

OK, so DDL has a little work to do on OWNING his joke — don’t apologize and explain, just do it! But it’s a start. Maybe it’s time he puts the historically dour figures aside for a minute and lighten things up onscreen too?

Thanks to Deadline for bringing this video to our attention. We’re sure there are many other such LOL moments on the awards show, which airs  Sunday night on BBC America.

Daniel Day-Lewis Eastwooding at the Britannia Awards

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