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DANIEL DAY-LEWIS: Thank you. Thank you to all my brothers and sisters in the Screen Actors Guild. I’m very happy to be in this room with you tonight. Deepest respect to my fellow nominees. He’s probably not looking in tonight, but Joaquin, you are a remarkable actor and I’m sorry you’re not with us this evening. [applause] My wonderful colleagues, every single cast member, many of whom are here tonight, gave their characters the kiss of life and have no doubt that this is an ensemble award.

I’d like to thank Leonardo DiCaprio, my friend, and Liam Neeson, both who gave me great support and encouragement. And when I was prowling around the idea and wondering whether I could take the risk of doing it, for some reason the guiding principle of the Hippocratic Oath kept nagging at me: First do no harm. And with that modest but important ambition, I set out.

And then it occurred to me that it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln. [laughter] And therefore somehow it’s only fitting that every now and then an actor tries to bring him back to life again. [applause]

I’m terribly proud to have been allowed to carry the baton for a while and now to pass it on. Everything flowed from Steven Spielberg. Thank you. [applause]