My Left Foot (film)

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My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It tells the true story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral palsy, who could control only his left foot. Christy Brown grew up in a poor, working class family, and became a writer and artist. The film also stars Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker, Fiona Shaw, Julie Hale, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan, Declan Croghan, Eanna MacLiam, Marie Conmee, and Cyril Cusack. It was adapted by Shane Connaughton and Jim Sheridan from the book of the same name by Christy Brown.[2]

It won the Academy Award for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Brenda Fricker). It was also nominated for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

It also won the NYFCC Best Picture Award for 1989.



Awards and nominations

Awards that are in bold were won, while other awards listed are nominations only.

    • Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
    • Best Supporting Actress (Brenda Fricker)
    • Best Director (Jim Sheridan)
    • Best Picture
    • Best Screenplay - Adapted (Shane Connaughton and Jim Sheridan)
    • Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
    • Best Supporting Actor (Ray McAnally)
    • Best Film
    • Best Makeup (Ken Jennings)
    • Best Screenplay - Adapted (Shane Connaughton and Jim Sheridan)

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