daniel day lewis cecil oxford Daniel Day Lewis donates famous poet father's work to Oxford

Daniel Day-Lewis might be best known for his Oscar-winning roles in movies like “There Will Be Blood” and “My Left Foot,” but his first claim to fame was his father. Day-Lewis is the son of British Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who also wrote novels under the pseudonym Nicholas Blake.

Cecil passed away in 1972, and now his son is donating his papers to his alma mater, Oxford University. The archive includes 54 boxes of his early drafts and letters from famous figures like Robert Graves, Philip Larkin and actor John Gielgud, the Associated Press reports.

Day-Lewis has a pretty big year ahead of him. Up next, he plays Abraham Lincoln in the Stephen Spielberg-directed film “Lincoln.” Though that movie doesn’t come out until Nov. 16, it’s already earning Day-Lewis some serious Oscar buzz.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz