If the protean Daniel Day-Lewis wins his third Oscar for Lincoln–which there’s a much better chance of happening than Liz & Dick nabbing an Emmy–he’ll be the first three-time Best Actor winner in the Academy’s history.
Other actors have won three Oscars, mind you, but not all for Best Actor.
(Jack Nicholson, for example, has two for Actor and one for Supporting.
Walter Brennan got three for Supporting.)
And several of them have two for Best Actor (including Sean Penn, Marlon Brando, and Frederic March).
And some have one for Best Actor and one for Supporting.
(Like Denzel Washington, who’s also a contender this year; if he wins, he’ll tie Nicolson’s two-leads-and-a-supporting record).
I bet Day-Lewis gets it, which would be quite momentous.
Except for Katharine Hepburn inevitably intoning from the grave, “Congrats, doll, but I have four Best Actresses!!!!”