Daniel Day-Lewis was so excited when he received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia award for Excellence in Film during the 2012 BAFTA Britannia Awards Wednesday (Nov. 7) that he had to take a moment to share the news with the president of the United States.
According to USA Today, who was in attendance at the awards show, Day-Lewis grabbed his chair as he was walking up to the stage to accept his award and set it next to the podium. Yes, the man who is portraying Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming “Lincoln” was #Eastwooding for the crowd in attendance.
“I have to say, 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,” he joked about the empty chair. “I know as an Englishman it’s absolutely none of my business, but I’m so very grateful that it was you.”
It turns out that Lewis considered Clint Eastwood’s little stunt at the Republican National Convention to be a challenge that he needed to rise to, which is why he took this opportunity to bring his chair on stage and “talk” to President Barack Obama.
“I respect Eastwood and this isn’t a comment on his politics,” said the Oscar-winning actor. “But 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.'”
You can catch Day-Lewis’s acceptance speech when the Britannia Awards air Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on BBC America.