Continuing his domination of the awards season, the Wicklow-based movie star won the Screen Actors Guild's Best Actor prize in Los Angeles.
Accepting the honour, Day-Lewis remarked: "It occurred to me it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln. And therefore, somehow, it is only so fitting that every now and then an actor tries to bring him back to life again."
The 55-year-old has been tipped to win his third Oscar next month.
His 'Lincoln' co-star Tommy Lee Jones won the Supporting Actor honour at Sunday's event.
Irish actor Allen Leech also took home an accolade on the night.
The Dubliner, who plays Tom Branson in ' Downton Abbey', was honoured along with the rest of the cast when they won the guild's Best Ensemble in a Drama Series award.
Leech, who has been promoting his latest movie 'In Fear' at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, attended the awards ceremony with 'Downton Abbey' co-stars Phyllis Logan, Michelle Dockery, Amy Nuttall and Sophie McShera.