Oscar Movies: Angela's Ashes (1999)

 In a radical change of gears, director Alan Parker (who last made the musical “Evita”) went to Ireland to film Frank McCourt’s touching best-selling memoir about his poor family, abused by an alcoholic father (The Full Monty’s Robert Carlyle). 

 

Oscar-nominated Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) plays the long-suffering mother, immobilized by depression but doing her best to give her kids good education. Since Irish economy is booming at present and no dreary village could be found, Parker and his crew had to construct a grimy street in the town of Limerick as authentic replica to McCourt’s childhood.

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

 

Score: John Williams

 

Oscar Awards: None