#OTD in 1990 – ‘My Left Foot’ wins two Oscars.

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.

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown, also known simply as My Left Foot, is a 1989 Irish biographical comedy-drama film directed by Jim Sheridan adapted by Sheridan and Shane Connaughton from the 1954 memoir of the same name by Christy Brown. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Brown, an Irish man born with cerebral palsy, who could control only his left foot. Brown grew up in a poor working-class family, and became a writer and artist.  Brenda Fricker, Ray McAnally, Hugh O’Conor, Fiona Shaw, and Cyril Cusack are featured in supporting roles.

My Left Foot was theatrically released on 24 February 1989 to critical and commercial success. Reviewers praised the film’s screenplay and direction, its message, and especially the performances of Day-Lewis and Fricker, while the film grossed $14.7 million on a £600,000 budget. At the 62nd Academy Awards, the film received five nominations, including for the Best Picture, with Day-Lewis and Fricker winning Best Actor and Best Supporting Actressrespectively. The British Film Institute ranked it as the 53rd greatest British film of the 20th century.

‘My Left Foot’ Wins Two Oscars, 1990

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