Lewis is a good actor but he wasn't that great. It wasn't Daniel Plainview in "There will be Blood" or Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York" I found him rather blah!
I disagree with this. The way he played Lincoln's subtleties was brilliant in my opinion. I think you have to watch it a second time and really pay attention to the way he is playing the character to get a full appreciation because it is quite low-key.
In saying that, while I think DDL deserves the Oscar, Spielberg nor the film should win Director or Picture. I have many issues with this movie, and I will be really upset if it wins(which it probably will).