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Plot, Details & Awards

My Left Foot

R In Theaters 11/10/1989 , 103min.
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Plot & Details

An alternative to the general run of "triumph over the odds" biopics, My Left Foot is the true story of Irish cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown. Paralyzed from birth, Brown (played by Hugh O'Conor as child and Daniel Day-Lewis as an adult) is written off as retarded and helpless. But Christy's indomitable mother (Brenda Fricker) never gives up on the boy. Using his left foot, the only part of his body not afflicted, Brown learns to write. He grows up to become a well-known author, painter, and fundraiser, and along the way falls in love with nurse Mary Carr (Ruth McCabe). There's no sugarcoating in My Left Foot: Brown, a heavy drinker, was by no means lovable. Day-Lewis and Fricker both won Academy Awards for their performances, and the film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Also notable are the late Ray McAnally in his next-to-last film role as Christy's father, and venerable Cyril Cusack as Lord Castlewelland. Director Jim Sheridan co-scripted with Shane Connaughton from Christy Brown's autobiography.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Jim Sheridan Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Noel Pearson Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Brenda Fricker Won
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Jim Sheridan Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Shane Connaughton Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ray McAnally Won
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Brenda Fricker Nominated
1989 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Daniel Day-Lewis Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ray McAnally Won
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Jim Sheridan Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
1988 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Brenda Fricker Won

Montr?al World Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Montr?al World Film Festival Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won

Montréal World Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Montréal World Film Festival Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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