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ACTING GODS, TOGETHER: DAY-LEWIS AND STREEP

Monday - 2/25/2013, 1:11am  ET

Actress Meryl Streep, left, presents the award for best actor in a leading role to Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The Associated Press

For a moment, it looked the Oscar stage had turned into the Mount Olympus of acting.

There stood the two reigning gods of the art, the man and the woman generally considered to be the very top in the field today: Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep.

And though he's not known for comedy, Day-Lewis got a big laugh when he turned to Streep, who'd just presented him his third best-actor trophy, and said he'd actually originally been slated to play Margaret Thatcher, the role Streep won the Oscar for last year in "The Iron Lady."

And, he added, Streep had actually been director Steven Spielberg's original choice for Abraham Lincoln.

"I'd like to see that version," Day-Lewis quipped.

With his win for "Lincoln," Day-Lewis became the first person to win three best-actor Oscars. Streep has won three Oscars too, one of them as supporting actress.

Are they the best ever? That can be discussed ad nauseum, and probably will. But no one can say it wasn't a very cool moment to see the two of them together on the Oscar stage.

-- Jocelyn Noveck -- Twitter http://twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP

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