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Joaquin Phoenix praises "up-and-coming" Day-Lewis in acceptance speech

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Joaquin Phoenix has praised Daniel Day-Lewis with a tongue-in-cheek comment about his performance in Lincoln.

In response to being awarded the 'Best Actor' prize by the London Critics' Circle for his performance in The Master, Phoenix wrote a statement of acceptance which culminated with a mention of Day-Lewis.

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"I am very cognisant of the fact that for me this award is an encouragement to continue my lifelong passion of being an actor," Phoenix wrote in conclusion.

"I will not squander this high regard. P.S. There's an up-and-coming actor named Daniel who's in a movie called Lincoln. You should check it out."

Phoenix's gracious statement – in which he made a point of praising his colleagues on set including key grips and an assistant director – was in contrast to his remarks last year, when he dubbed the awards circuit "bulls**t".

Read Phoenix's full statement below, as reported by The Playlist:

"I struggle with the idea of winning awards for acting. Stating I'm Best Actor for something as subjective as film seems strange to me. To the uninitiated it implies I'm solely responsible for the creation and implementation of the character.

"I am not. I suppose that's why we thank our colleagues. There are those who you all know such as Paul Thomas Anderson, to whom I am eternally grateful – a man who has persistently searched for the truth.



"I am fortunate to have been under his guidance. Philip Seymour Hoffman for his patience and advice. Amy Adams for being angry. Megan Ellison and everyone at Annapurna for their support of the film and ensuring that I was able to cover my mortgage.

"But there are many others who you do not know by name such as Mike Kenna, who I believe was the grip but he did 20 different jobs so I can't be sure; Adam Somner, the first assistant director; Karen Ramirez in the office; Tommy – I don't know your last name… there are too many to list.

"The truth is, you cannot separate my work from theirs. We were a unit bolstered by the same goal: to do our part in helping Paul to achieve his vision.

"I view this award as recognition of all of our work. I am very cognisant of the fact that for me this award is an encouragement to continue my lifelong passion of being an actor. I will not squander this high regard.

"P.S. There's an up-and-coming actor named Daniel who's in a movie called 'Lincoln.' You should check it out."

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