Daniel Day Lewis Mocks Clint Eastwood

“He got a standing ovation and then fetched even louder applause with the best joke of the night: a ribbing of Clint Eastwood’s performance at the Republican Convention.”[THR]

Boy, he really is method, isn’t he? Lincoln star and surefire Oscar nominee (and likely winner) Daniel Day Lewis was honored last night at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Lewis, who was awarded the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film from his Lincoln director Steven Spielberg took a moment before launching into his acceptance speech to explain why he might be appearing ‘out of sorts’. He announced, “Please excuse me if I’m a little bit groggy. I was up ’til probably 2 in the morning last night watching CNN. 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 has made it here.” He motioned to an empty chair next to him in an obvious jab at Clint Eastwood’s tragic performance at the Republican National Convention, to which the crowd roared back in laughter and applause.

No comment from Eastwood yet on what he thought of Lewis’s joke. In the meantime, we look forward to Chris Rock’s impersonation of the aged Clint Eastwood and his chair-supported admiration for Willard M. Romney. Stay tuned for the ensuing hilarity.