Fraser Nelson

An act of genius, or of self-indulgence?

An act of genius, or of self-indulgence?
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Does Daniel Day Lewis deserve an Oscar for There Will Be Blood? I'd say so, over Clooney anyway - who rarely differs the characters he plays. In a Hollywood era where stars basically play themselves, Day Lewis changes beyond recognition and always has - think Room with a View, My Beautiful Laundrette or My Left Foot.

But he has a detractor in Gerald Kaufman, who has just recorded an interview for GMTV on Sunday. This is his take:-

"There Will Be Blood is one of the most phoney and ostentatious films I've seen for years, technically brilliant - but, technically brilliant - anybody can do that. I went to see, when Amadeus got its showing at the National Theatre, I went to see it and the actor playing Salieri, whom I will not name out of respect, seemed to be saying to the audience, 'Look at me! I'm a great actor giving a great performance' and it's the same with Daniel Day-Lewis. I don't question the accomplishment of Daniel Day-Lewis as an actor, but that performance! It was so self-indulgent, but he'll get the Oscar for it."

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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