Oscar Movies: My Left Foot (1989)

Miramax release (Ferndale/Granada Production, Ireland)

Jan 7, 08–157

Oscar Nominations: 5

Picture, produced by Noel Pearson
Director: Jim Sheridan
Screenplay (Adapted): Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Supporting Actress: Brenda Fricker

Oscar Awards: 2

Supporting Actress

Oscar Context

The most nominated film in 1989, “Driving Miss Daisy” received four Oscars out of its nine nominations, including Picture, Screenplay, and Best Actress. The biggest scandal was that the film's director, Bruce Beresford, failed to receive recognition from his peers in the Directors Branch.

The other Best Picture nominees represented a mixed bag in genre and quality: Oliver Stone's Vietnam drama “Born on the Fourth of July” with 8 nominations and 2 Oscars, “My Left Foot” with 5, “Dead Poets Society” with 4, and “Field of Dreams” with 3.

Oliver Stone won Best Director for “Born on the Fourth of July” and Alfred Uhry the Adapted Screenplay for “Driving Miss Daisy.”