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My Left Foot (1989)

Brenda Fricker as "Mrs. Brown"

No one expects much from Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis), a boy with cerebral palsy born into a working-class Irish family. Though Christy is a spastic quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed, a miraculous event occurs when, at the age of 5, he demonstrates control of his left foot by using chalk to scrawl a word on the floor. With the help of his steely mother (Brenda Fricker) -- and no shortage of grit and determination -- Christy overcomes his infirmity to become a painter, poet and author.

Academy Award (1989) Won Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1989) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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