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At the 62nd Academy Awards, My Left Foot (1989) received 5 nominations (including Best Picture) with Day-Lewis and Fricker winning Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

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My Left Foot also won a BAFTA for Best Film and numerous other awards and nominations.  

Filmed and set in Crumlin, Dublin, My Left Foot is a riveting unsentimental bio-drama about Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and could only move his left foot. The film is adapted from Christy Brown's 1954 memoir of the same name.

Christy Brown, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, was born in a working-class Irish family in a Dublin slum to Bridget Fagan and Patrick Brown. After his birth, doctors noticed that Christy had severe cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that left him almost entirely spastic in his limbs. However, at the age of five, he showed control of his left foot and, by using chalk, wrote on the ground. Although it is said that he never had formal education, his mother helped him to learn how to read and write. After a while, social worker Katriona Delahunt learnt of his story and began visiting Christy and bringing him books and painting materials. With practice and determination, Christy Brown later went on to become a painter, poet, and writer of note.

My Left Foot movie cast and crew

Director: Jim Sheridan |  Writers:  Shane Connaughton (screenplay), Jim Sheridan (screenplay) 

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Fiona Shaw, Ray McAnally

Jim Sheridan; Irish Playwright

A picture of Jim Sheridan who is an Irish playwright. He directed the film My Left Foot along with co-writing its screenplay.

Daniel Day-Lewis; English Actor

A picture of British actor Daniel Day Lewis. He is the recipient of three Oscars, one of which is for the movie My Left Foot 1989, where he played Irish writer Christy Brown.

Brenda Fricker; Irish Actress

A picture of Irish actress Brenda Fricker who won an Oscar for her role in My Left Foot movie.

Fiona Shaw; Irish Actress

A picture of Fiona Shaw who is an Irish actress. She played in the movie My Left Foot 1989.




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  • My Left Foot is a 1989 Irish drama film written and directed by Jim Sheridan. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker and Christy Turlington. The film tells the story of Christy Brown (Day-Lewis), an Irishman with cerebral palsy who becomes a successful playwright. The film was both commercially and critically successful, receiving eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. It won four awards: Best Actor for Day-Lewis, Best Actress for Fricker, Best Director for Sheridan, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Paul Laverty.


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